What Causes Heart Failure?

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body. This allows every part of your body to get enough oxygen to live. Sometimes the heart does not work correctly. The pump does not have enough strength to pump blood throughout the body. This causes muscle and cells to get stressed and die. Your heart tries everything it can to keep up with the oxygen demand of the body, but fails. This condition is known as heart failure. Makes sense right?

Your body will try to warn you through symptoms that get worse over time. These symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent cough, buildup of fluid in the body tissues, tiredness, lack of appetite, confusion, and increased heart rate. Having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you have heart failure, however. But if you have these symptoms it should be something you consider. If you think you are experiencing heart failure, contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor will tell you if you are really experiencing heart failure and what you can do to manage it.

Many of the risks associated with other heart diseases are also risks for heart failure. These risks include past heart attacks, high blood pressure, structural heart problems, severe lung diseases, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea. To reduce your chances of having heart failure make lifestyle changes. Eat a proper diet, exercise regularly, avoid cigarettes and alcohol, and control heart problems you already have.

I hope that this has helped you understand heart attacks. This site is perfect for learning about lifestyle changes that you can make to live healthier. Check out the Meal Planning section to learn how to plan healthier meals. Go to Recipes to find recipes that are healthy and tasty. If you have any other health conditions you want to know about go back to the Heart Disease section to learn more.

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