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    1. Heart Failure - Exams and Tests

      Heart failure is a complex medical condition. There are several types of heart failure and a variety of causes. For these reasons, you will likely have several different tests over a period of time to help diagnose the cause of the disease and find out how severe it is. In some cases the cause of heart failure can be fixed (such as a heart valve defect) or is easily treatable (such as a thyroid ..

    2. Heart Failure - Prevention

      The best way to prevent heart failure is to make changes in your lifestyle that lower your risk of developing heart disease. It is also important to control certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, to lessen your chances of developing heart failure. Heart disease caused by narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in the blood vessels of the heart and ..

    3. Heart Failure - Coping With Your Feelings

      Heart failure brings big changes to your life. You may struggle with sadness and worry. You may wonder if you'll still be able to enjoy your life. Coping with your feelings and seeking help when you need it can help you live better with heart failure. Depression and anxiety One Woman's Story: Joan,54 "I would sit at my kitchen table and feel I was in this cloud of dread. I didn't feel like ...

    4. Heart Failure - Living With Heart Failure

      Your attitude and level of participation in your treatment can strongly impact how you feel. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and improve your health so that you can enjoy life. Taking your medicines as directed, controlling your diet, and getting regular exercise are lifestyle changes that are key to controlling heart failure symptoms and preventing sudden heart failure.Limit ...

    5. Heart Failure - Treatment Overview

      Treatment depends on the cause of heart failure, which type you have, the severity of your symptoms (classification), and how well your body is able to compensate.Treatment of heart failure that is caused by a filling problem (diastolic heart failure) may differ from treatment of heart failure that is caused by a pumping problem (systolic heart failure). Identifying the type of heart failure you .

    6. Heart Failure - What Increases Your Risk

      Heart failure is generally the result of another disease, often coronary artery disease. Anything that increases your risk for developing that underlying disease is a risk factor for heart failure. This includes:Risk factors for coronary artery disease and heart attack.Risk factors for high blood pressure.Risk factors for heart valve disease.Risk factors for diabetes (because diabetes can ...

    7. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      Why is diet important for heart failure?Diet is critical in the treatment of heart failure. Sodium is the key nutrient that must be controlled in order to improve the status of your heart failure (prevent fluid buildup). But some other nutrients or substances also play a role as well. Heart failure can become more severe if diet and medicine recommendations for heart failure are not closely followed. Medicine and diet therapy are most effective when used together in the treatment of heart failure. Taking your medicines and following the diet your doctor has recommended for you will make it easier for you to breathe and help you feel better and be able to do more of your normal daily activities. A registered dietitian can help you make needed dietary changes by providing meal-planning guidelines that are realistic and specifically tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Why do you need to limit sodium or fluid?SodiumLimiting sodium to help treat heart failure cannot be

    8. Heart Failure - Get started

      Heart failure usually gets worse over time. But there are many things you can do to feel better,stay healthy longer,and avoid the hospital. Self-care means managing your health by doing certain things every day,like weighing yourself. It's about knowing which symptoms to watch for so you can avoid getting worse. When you practice good self-care,you know when it's time to call your doctor ...

    9. Heart Failure - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Healthy Eating: Eating Less SodiumHeart Failure: Watching Your FluidsLow-Salt Diets: Eating Out

    10. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      A ventricular assist device (VAD),also known as a heart pump,is a mechanical device that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of your body. See an illustration of a VAD. A VAD can be implanted in the chest or worn outside the body. If it is implanted,surgery is done to place it in the chest area. The pump part of the VAD is placed in a small space in your upper abdomen. Batteries ...

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