Congestive Heart Failure Stages

Congestive Heart Failure Stages

January 4, 2020 22 By Bertrand Dibbert


Hi! I’m robo-Suzie and today I’ll talk to
you about Congestive Heart Failure Stages. Also don’t forget to subscribe for more tips
in the future! But back to our topic. When the heart is unable to meet the requirements
of the body’s blood supply, it leads to a serious medical condition commonly termed
as congestive heart failure or CHF. There are many who believe that CHF is a kind of
heart disease. However, it is one of those several factors that can lead to heart failure.
CHF does not mean that the heart ceases to work completely. In reality, there are people
diagnosed with CHF and have been living for many years. People suffering from CHF experience several
events of heart failure over the period of time yet they survive. However, it cannot
be regarded as harmless. It has a severe bearing on daily life and reduces the physical capabilities
of a person. CHF occurs due to number of reasons. Family history of coronary disease, congenital
heart defects, damaged heart valves, prior cardiac arrests and chronic high blood pressure
are some of the reasons which can cause CHF. Congestive heart failure occurs in various
stages. The initial stage begins with the feelings of fatigue, tiredness and exhaustion
when a person does some physical activity. These symptoms are so common that usually
a person does not get alarmed by them. During this stage the person does not even realize
that he or she is suffering from CHF. This stage usually goes unnoticed and is not so
dangerous. As the condition progresses, the symptoms
become more pronounced leading to change in the daily lifestyle of the person. When the
person is unable to perform routine exercise and experiences shortness of breath with slightest
of physical activity, it means that the disease has progressed to the second stage. In this
stage, the person might experience palpitations and often experience angina attacks. Even
the mildest of physical activity can result in extreme discomfort, which can be alleviated
with some rest. As the stage advances to the next level, it
has a massive impact on the daily routine of the person. Physical activity becomes limited.
The person prefers to be at rest most of the times due to constant fatigue. Even the slightest
physical activity can lead to swollen ankles, and rapid breathing. In addition, the person
may feel the need to urinate frequently in the night. The fourth stage is the final one. When person
reaches this stage, he or she might experience extreme discomfort and normal daily living
activities become impossible. Shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, bluish skin
and palpitations are common in this stage. The treatment varies with the stage. In the
beginning, the person is prescribed drugs such as ACE inhibitors. These drugs assist
in dilation of blood vessels and enhance the blood supply. Also, if the person is suffering
from high blood pressure, he or she is prescribed Beta blockers to control the pressure. As
the stage advances, surgery might be of some help. The only way to completely treat CHF
is through a heart transplant. That’s it! Thank you.
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