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    1. Triggers of Sudden Heart Failure - 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. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      Cardiac cachexia is unintentional severe weight loss caused by heart disease. The weight loss might be life-threatening. It can happen to people with severe heart failure. Even with a very good appetite and high calorie intake,some people lose muscle mass. Cardiac cachexia can require supplemental nutrition. How does heart failure cause it? Heart failure may cause blood to back up into the ...

    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. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      Many people with heart failure have trouble sleeping. You may have insomnia because of trouble breathing or because of depression or anxiety. Some people with heart failure have sleep apnea,which means they stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer several times a night. This reduces the amount of oxygen their body gets. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems or make problems that ...

    5. Heart Failure - 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. Classification of Heart Failure - 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,...

    7. Heart Failure: Disease Management Programs - 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 ...

    8. Triggers of Sudden Heart Failure - 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 ...

    9. Digoxin for Heart Failure

      Drug details for Digoxin for heart failure.

    10. 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. Heart Failure: Avoiding Triggers for Sudden Heart Failure

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