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Medical Reference Related to Heart Failure

  1. Topic Overview

    Heart failure is most often a lifelong illness that will require frequent changes in your medicine schedule and regular follow-up with your doctor. Over the years,many factors will affect the course of your disease,including other illnesses that you develop,your age,your diet,your ability to tolerate and comply with your treatment,and hopefully the development of new drugs to treat heart ...

  2. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. There is more than one type of heart failure,so you might hear your doctor call it different names. The types are based on what problem in the heart is causing it to not pump blood as well. ...

  3. Heart Failure: Avoiding Medicines That Make Symptoms Worse

    If you have heart failure,you need to be extra careful with medicines. Some can make your heart failure worse. Other medicines may not mix well with your heart failure drugs.

  4. History and Physical Exam for Heart Failure

    Your medical history includes anything about your past and present health-conditions you used to have or conditions you have now. Tell your doctor about medical problems of any type, including any surgery that you have had. When giving your doctor your medical history, be complete and detailed in your descriptions. Even if an illness is completely gone or does not seem important to you, knowing ..

  5. Heart Failure: Activity and Exercise

    When you have heart failure, it is very important to exercise regularly. If you are not already active, your doctor may want you to begin an exercise program. Of course, a safe level of exercise will depend on your specific diagnosis and stage of heart failure. But even if you can only do a small amount of exercise, it is better than not doing any exercise at all.Key pointsHave a checkup before ..

  6. Topic Overview

    High-output heart failure happens when the body's need for blood is unusually high,so heart failure symptoms happen even though the heart is working well. This type of heart failure happens to a very small number of people with heart failure. What happens to the heart? High-output heart failure occurs when the normally functioning heart cannot keep up with an unusually high demand for blood to ...

  7. Diuretics for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Diuretics for heart failure.

  8. Oxygen Therapy for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Oxygen therapy for heart failure.

  9. Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists: Diuretics for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Aldosterone receptor antagonists: Diuretics for heart failure.

  10. 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

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