Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure Specialist
Patients who suffer from congestive heart failure may have symptoms like fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can make it difficult to enjoy life to its fullest, but there are effective solutions. Dr. Rany Saleh, a board certified cardiologist at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City Is ready to help.

Congestive Heart Failure Q & A

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What is congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure happens when your heart isn't able to move enough blood through your body. The condition usually develops over an extended period of time, with your heart slowly but steadily growing weaker and less efficient at pumping blood. Patients with congestive heart failure still have a functional heart, but it's ability to function is dramatically diminished.

What causes congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a condition that damages the heart, including conditions and diseases such as:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertension
  • Valve disease
  • Diabetes
  • Congenital heart defects

Nearly anything that damages the heart muscle can be tied to congestive heart failure. In some cases, several conditions occur simultaneously to cause the weakening of the heart muscle.

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Symptoms of congestive heart failure can vary, ranging from mild to very serious, including:

  • Lung congestion due to fluid backup
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic fatigue, weakness
  • Confusion due to lack of blood to the brain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weight gain
  • More frequent urination
  • Swelling in the abdomen or legs.

Many patients have more than one of these symptoms.

Is there any way to prevent congestive heart failure?

There are many things that can help prevent congestive heart failure. Lifestyle changes, as recommended by Dr. Saleh, can be very helpful. Patients who have diabetes or other chronic conditions should be very vigilant about monitoring their condition.

Healthy cholesterol and blood pressure readings translate to a healthier body overall, and this can be very helpful in preventing congestive heart failure. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a low-fat and low-salt diet, and minimizing alcohol intake are all positive steps in avoiding congestive heart failure.

What is the treatment for congestive heart failure?

The primary treatment goal is stopping the progression of the disease. To accomplish this, Dr. Saleh often recommends that patients make proactive lifestyle changes in combination with medications such as diuretics. Patients who work closely with Dr. Saleh can manage their congestive heart failure very effectively.

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