HEART FAILURE TREATMENT
Heart Failure Treatment
There are lots of heart failure treatment options available, and Expert Cardiologist will make sure that we tailor your specific treatment to you. We will look at what stage you are currently at, what the potential causes might be, and any potential risk factors that you may be facing.
Our treatment involves creating a detailed care plan to help you manage this condition, which will include symptoms to watch for, information about how to contact us, and plans for how the management and treatment will proceed. We will tell you about follow-up care and rehabilitation options. The treatment options include:
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalisation in patients over the age of 65 years old, and there are over 900,000 people who suffer from heart failure in the UK.
Heart failure is often considered a debilitating condition with a poor prognosis. But it does not mean that your heart has stopped working entirely, it just requires additional support to help it function properly. And that’s where Expert Cardiologist can help. While heart failure is a serious long-term condition, there are many treatment options available to help slow down the process or halt it entirely; so if you suffer from heart failure please get in touch as soon as possible.
What Is Heart Failure?
Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough blood around your body and, as a result, is not able to distribute oxygen properly. When blood doesn’t move quickly enough it can cause congestion and swelling, and fluid can start to collect in your lungs.
Left-Sided Heart Failure
Left-sided heart failure affects the left ventricle, which does the bulk of the heart’s pumping. There are two types:
- Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (when the ventricle can’t contract properly and loses power)
- Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (when the ventricle can’t relax properly and stops the heart from being able to fill with blood while it rests)
Right-Sided Heart Failure
Right-sided heart failure often happens as a result of the left ventricle failing and leads to blood starting to collect in the veins.
Symptoms Of Heart Failure
Common symptoms of heart failure include:
- Feeling breathless, whether it is after physical activity or while you are not doing anything
- Feeling lightheaded
- Feeling exhausted all of the time
- Swollen feet, ankles and or legs (Oedema)
- Feeling dizzy
- Having a cough that you can’t shake
- Fast heart rate
It is worth noting that if you experience any of the symptoms above it does not necessarily mean you have heart failure. However, if you experience a combination of these symptoms or they are getting worse/occurring more frequently, then you should contact a medical professional. If your symptoms are very severe, then you should not wait to see if they get worse. Contact us if you have any questions at all.
What Causes Heart Failure?
Although common in older people, heart failure can happen at any age and is often caused by a number of different factors occurring at once. Coronary heart disease is a major contributor, as are:
Birth defects and damage to your heart valves can also be factors. Essentially, if too much pressure is put on the heart’s essential functions, heart failure can occur.
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Heart Failure Stages
There are four stages of heart failure which are used to determine the severity of your condition.
- Class 1: You may not be exhibiting any symptoms of heart disease during typical physical activity.
- Class 2: You will have symptoms during physical activity, but you won’t while you are at rest.
- Class 3: There are no symptoms while at rest, but even minor physical activity will start to bring symptoms on.
- Class 4: Any kind of physical activity will be difficult and uncomfortable, and you will even notice symptoms when you are at rest.
Heart Failure Risk Factors
While there are some genetic risk factors, there are many other conditions and habits that can put you at greater risk of heart failure. Many of these can be controlled.
If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, you are putting your heart under greater strain and may be at greater risk of heart failure. This is also the case if you are obese or if you are a smoker. Being diabetic can lead to damage to your blood vessels, which in turn increases your risk of heart failure. Finally, it is important to remember that being physically inactive can increase your risk as your heart will not be exercised enough to function properly.
Living With Heart Failure
Heart failure sounds like a terminal condition, but this is not always the case. With the proper treatment plan, a perfectly normal happy life is still available to you. We will help you to find the right approach for your specific needs and will be with you every step of the way. Our level of care is unparalleled, so if you have any questions or if you want to learn more about our treatment plans, get in touch with us now to book a consultation.
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