Successful treatments to fight congestive heart failure

Successful treatments to fight congestive heart failure

January 6, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


TERESA: HEART FAILURE KILLS MORE PEOPLE ANNUALLY THAN SOME TYPES OF CANCER. CONGESTIVE HEART CANCER IS NO LONGER A DEATH SENTENCE. THERE ARE WAYS TO TREAT IT. RYAN: WE HAVE LINDA WITH US FROM THE HEART CARE ASSOCIATES OF CONNECTICUT. WELCOME TO “CT STYLE.” THINK YOU FOR HAVING ME. RYAN: TELL US ABOUT CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. THE HEART IS A MUSCLE THAT PUMPS BLOOD AND OXYGEN THROUGH THE ORGANS OF THE BODY. WHEN THE HEART IS NOT PUMPING AS EFFICIENTLY OR EFFECTIVELY AS IT SHOULD, IT ALLOWS FLUID TO BACK UP IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BODY. THE BODY BECOMES CONGESTED. THE LUNGS OR THE LEGS CAN BECOME SWOLLEN. THAT IS WHAT CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE IS. RYAN: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS? THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOM IS SUDDEN WEIGHT GAIN, SHORTNESS OF BREATH WITH NORMAL ACTIVITY, SWELLING IN THE LEGS OR AFTERNOON — OR ABDOMEN , AND EXCESSIVE FATIGUE. TERESA: IF YOU FIND OUT YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE SYMPTOMS, WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT PLANTS? X — WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT PLANS? WE CAN DEFINITELY BE SUCCESSFUL WITH TREATMENT. THE CORNERSTONE IS MEDICATION TO TREAT THE DIFFERENT CAUSES. THE CAUSES CAN BE CORONARY HEART DISEASE OR HEART ATTACKS THAT LEAD TO DAMAGE OF THE HEART MUSCLE. DISEASES THAT INFILTRATE THE HEART MUSCLE, OBESITY, DIABETES, SLEEP APNEA. TAKING CARE OF ALL OF THOSE PROBLEMS, MANAGING THEM, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE PATIENT ALSO — IT TAKES A TEAM TO HANDLE HEART FAILURE, AND THE PATIENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THAT TEAM, BECAUSE THEY NEED TO TAKE THEIR MEDICATIONS AND STAY IN TOUCH WITH THEIR PROVIDER. RYAN: THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU DO AT HEART CARE ASSOCIATES?