Congestive heart failure, or heart failure, is when your heart loses its ability to pump blood. It happens over time and can cause breathlessness and fatigue.
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Congestive Heart Failure Causes
Heart failure is the result of damage to or overwork by the heart muscle. It becomes weak and isn’t able to pump blood effectively. A few common causes of congestive heart failure include:
Heart Failure Symptoms
The symptoms of congestive heart failure tend to vary. Common signs include:
- Shortness of breath with physical activity that goes away when you rest
- Swelling of the legs or feet
- Gaining weight
- Chest pain or congestion
- Sleeping better if you prop yourself up on pillows
Congestive Heart Failure Prevention at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Congestive heart failure cannot be cured or reversed. Both prevention and treatment of heart failure focus on slowing the progression of the disease by reducing risk factors.
To reduce your risk of developing congestive heart failure, live a heart-healthy lifestyle:
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit your salt (sodium) intake.
- Eat unprocessed, healthful foods.
- Do not take illicit drugs.
- Stop smoking.
- Treat any other heart conditions, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers nutrition, fitness, and smoking cessation classes to help you meet your heart-healthy lifestyle goals. Our cardiac nutrition classes are specifically designed for people with heart failure and other cardiology conditions.
Congestive heart failure treatments may help slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms. Your doctor may recommend:
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals provides quality, trusted care for congestive heart failure in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
- Medications to remove excess fluids from your body to help your heart pump more easily
- Lifestyle changes, including restricted fluid intake and a low-salt diet
- Home oxygen therapy to ease breathing
- Specialized physical therapy
- Surgical procedures such as heart transplant, heart valve surgery, and implantation of a ventricular assist device