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Medical Reference Related to Heart Failure

  1. 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,...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Topic Overview

    What is heart failure?Heart failure means your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure does not mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should.Because your heart cannot pump well, your body tries to make up for it. To do this: Your body holds on to salt and water. This increases the amount of blood in your bloodstream. ..

  4. Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about restrictive cardiomyopathy: What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? How can I learn more about heart failure? Getting treatment: What medicines do I take for heart failure? What's the right way to take medicines? What is a heart transplant? Should I get a pacemaker (cardiac resynchronization therapy)? Should I get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)? Living with restrictive ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Diuretics for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Diuretics for heart failure.

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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