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Medical Reference Related to Heart Failure

  1. Topic Overview

    Many hospitals and insurers have developed disease management (DM) programs to educate people with heart failure about their disease. Disease management includes a broad range of health services,such as home health care,visiting nurses,and rehabilitation. The goal of DM programs is to offer a combination of treatment,complication prevention,and education in a variety of settings. Although ...

  2. Diuretics for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Diuretics 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

    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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists: Diuretics for Heart Failure

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

  7. Topic Overview

    Certain conditions are known to trigger sudden heart failure in people with already-weakened heart muscles. If these conditions subside or are treated effectively,heart function may be restored. Conditions that trigger sudden heart failure include: Failure to properly take medicines for blood pressure,heart failure,or chest pain (angina). This is one of the leading causes of sudden heart ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Topic Overview

    While there are certain symptoms that people with heart failure experience more commonly,there are many other symptoms that heart failure can cause. These symptoms are typically less common because they often result from more severe heart failure,when the body can no longer compensate properly for the failing heart. The first table summarizes congestive symptoms that result from fluid leaking ...

  10. Joyce's story

    Joyce's first symptom of heart failure hit hard-and suddenly. "I woke up one morning and couldn't breathe," she says. "I was real shaky,and I couldn't lie down at all." Joyce,83,went to the hospital and was diagnosed with heart failure. Then 3 days later,a pacemaker was placed in her chest. Her doctor explained that she had an irregular heartbeat and that a pacemaker could fix it. "My ...

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