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When the heart can no longer keep up with the workload of circulating blood throughout the body, heart failure occurs from insufficient oxygen delivery. Luckily with the proper lifestyle changes and treatment, people who are diagnosed with heart failure can live a long and active life. Through the monitoring and control of risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, the effects of heart failure can be prevented.
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle fails to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout your body to meet its needs. The loss of efficiency comes from the heart muscle becoming too weak or stiff to function at full capacity. Congestive heart failure is often a result of conditions that weaken the heart muscle. These include coronary artery disease, when heart arteries narrow, or high blood pressure. Common symptoms include:
Treatment of Heart Failure:
When symptoms of heart failure are caught early on, it can be treated through non-surgical methods. Making lifestyle changes is the best form of action, and this can make congestive heart failure symptoms less severe. Doctors typically recommend the following:
The medications prescribed to heart failure patients are used to treat specific causes of your condition. A wide range of medicines area available to lessen symptoms associated with the disease. The proper medications combined with lifestyle changes and/or surgical procedures, can be an effective form of treatment for congestive heart failure.
When congestive heart failure is at a more advanced stage and requires surgery, there are several different kinds of procedures available to treat what is causing the symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, the following treatments would be recommended.
Personalized Care from Heart Specialists:
When you experience symptoms of heart failure and are seeking medical care, you can feel confident knowing your condition will be managed by a UVM Health Network team of heart specialists that work together to assess your needs. After a full analysis of your condition, your cardiologist will put together a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you. The following UVM Health Network team of specialists are available to provide you with the attentive care and support you need to prevent the effects of heart disease: