What is Congestive Heart Failure?

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By Hot Health September 10, 2016 11:30
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What is Congestive Heart Failure?

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Congestive Heart Failure


Congestive heart failure is not something to be taken lightly; it is a serious occurrence that should be treated as soon as possible.


What is Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure is one of several types of heart disease which gives rise to the heart not being able to pump blood as frequently as it should. This will lead to the rest of the body not being able to the receive the oxygen it needs. If the brain is starved of oxygen it will lead to a stroke (Cerebrovascular accident or CVA). This type of heart disease can also cause plaque build-up which leads to arteries becoming blocked and in some instances arteries are narrowed which also leads to a restriction of blood flow. 


How Does It Occur?

Factors such as excessive smoking, drinking and the consumption of cholesterol rich foods can all contribute to congestive heart failure. Illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity may also cause an individual to suffer from heart disease. We can take care of our health, but sometimes we do not have control over everything such as genetic aspects. If a family has a history of cardiac disease then the risks are higher for individuals of that family than those of a family that does not showcase the same.


Who Is At Risk?

Many men suffer from heart illness and start showcasing symptoms in their middle aged years. Studies show that hormonal influences reduce the risk of heart disease in women, but as mentioned previously, genetics and age can play a major roll.

Other high risk factors include:

  • Individuals who suffer from stress and depression
  • Lack of exercise and unhealthy food
  • Sleep apnea
  • Women who smoke and use birth control pills
  • Age


Signs of Congestive Heart Failure may include:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Shortness of breath when engaging activities or whilst simply laying down
  • Swelling of legs and ankles
  • Heart palpitations (irregular heart beat)
  • Phlegm or constant cough (blood tinged phlegm), wheezing chest



Heart disease can be treated with medication and a change of lifestyle. Most medications used in the treatment of heart disease aids with lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and aids the thinning of blood. In some cases where emergency measures were employed, cardiac specialists may resort to a form of heart surgery which may include the insertion of a stent to assist weak arteries and blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. 


Preventative Measures

Preventative measures are always beneficial if cardiovascular disease runs within a family, and for those who want to live a healthy more productive lifestyle and prevent cardiac arrest from occurring several things can be done.

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat healthy
  • Take medication (if you have medicine prescribed)
  • Start an exercise regimen to strengthen your heart (cardiovascular exercise) however, keep it light and not too strenuous
  • Meditation and breathing exercise (help lower stress levels, anxiety and depression)

Even though for some of us this disease may become inevitable but by employing a healthy lifestyle will help increase better overall health.

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By Hot Health September 10, 2016 11:30
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