Heart Failure Causes and Symptoms – Elissa Thompson, MD

Heart Failure Causes and Symptoms – Elissa Thompson, MD

January 6, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Congestive heart failure is one of the
biggest reasons for hospitalization in our country right now especially for
patients older than the age of 65. There are two main categories that fall under
these heart failure we see patients who have had prior heart attack or a viral
illness that has reduced the capacity of the heart to work. So we see that a lot
with elderly folks who have high blood pressure over a period of time or if
they have diabetes they have as an independent risk factor for developing
congestive heart failure or heart failure.It’s the same same term
interchangeable but there are different types of congestive heart failure
all of them are characterized by a difficulty with breathing and a
difficulty with the heart in meeting your body’s metabolic needs so your
kidneys can sometimes suffer. You develop swelling in your feet and ankles you can
develop elevated pressures within your lungs because fluid backs up into the
lungs. Atrial fibrillation can be one of the causative agents that can exacerbate
heart failure particularly in those patients who have the form of heart
failure in which the heart doesn’t relax. Another symptom would be if people are
suddenly waking up in the middle of the night feeling very unable to breathe and
can’t catch their breath like they’d like to throw open the window and stick
their head outside and get as much air into their lungs as possible. One of the
major factors in the mortality risk associated with congestive heart failure
is readmission with congestive heart failure and we have a national epidemic
of congestive heart failure in this country and we are seeing very high
readmission rates for our patients within the first 30 days