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Medical Reference Related to Heart Failure

  1. Topic Overview

    Heart failure is a very serious illness that can cause life-threatening complications and significantly limit your life span. Fortunately,many drugs have been shown to slow the progression of heart failure,and several drugs (angiotensin-converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors,diuretics,beta-blockers) have been shown to prolong survival. Each of these medicines has risks and benefits that you and ...

  2. Beta-Blockers for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for heart failure.

  3. Topic Overview

    Diastolic heart failure occurs when the lower left chamber (left ventricle) is not able to fill properly with blood during the diastolic (filling) phase. The amount of blood pumped out to the body is less than normal. What happens to the heart? Diastole is the phase of your heartbeat when your heart relaxes and fills with blood. Diastolic dysfunction means that your left ventricle cannot relax ...

  4. Topic Overview

    Right-sided heart failure means that the right side of the heart is not pumping blood to the lungs as well as normal. What happens to the heart? Most people develop heart failure because of a problem with the left ventricle. But reduced function of the right ventricle can also occur in heart failure. As blood begins to back up behind the failing left ventricle and into the lungs,it will ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Most people with heart failure can still have an active sex life. But sexual problems are common. Your interest may drop,or you may have shortness of breath or other symptoms that limit your ability to have sex. Men may have erection problems. To make sex easier on you and your heart: Avoid sexual activity when: It's very hot or humid outside. You're under stress. You've just had a meal. ...

  6. Heart Failure: Checking Your Weight

    People with heart failure need to track their weight carefully. Sudden weight gain may mean that fluid is building up in your body because your heart failure is getting worse.

  7. Heart Failure: Avoiding Triggers for Sudden Heart Failure

    Key pointsSudden heart failure can be prevented by avoiding the triggers that cause it.Not all people are sensitive to or react to the same triggers. What may cause sudden heart failure in one person may not cause another person any difficulty.To avoid sudden heart failure: Pay attention to your symptoms. Changes in your weight, difficulty breathing, decreased appetite, and swelling (usually ...

  8. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Because your heart cannot pump well,your heart and your body try to make up for it. This is called compensation. Your body has a remarkable ability to compensate for heart failure. The body may do such a good job that many people don't feel symptoms in the earlier stages of heart failure. It is only ...

  9. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

  10. Topic Overview

    The following is a classification for heart failure devised by the New York Heart Association (NYHA). It is important to be familiar with this classification,because it may be referred to during the course of your care. Classification of heart failure symptoms Class I People whose physical activity is not limited. Ordinary physical activity does not cause undue fatigue,heart palpitations,...

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