Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure: what it is and how to prevent it

So you’ve heard of congestive heart failure but you’re not exactly sure what it is or why it should concern you?

I’m Hearty Healthy Henry and I’m going to tell you not only what congestive heart failure is, but how it happens and why you should do your best to prevent it from happening to you.

A Congestive Heart Failure Overview

Congestive heart failure, also known as CHF, is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans each year. There are approximately 400,000 new cases of congestive heart failure each year. In fact, congestive heart failure is the most common diagnosis in hospitals for patients who are over 65 years old.

What is Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure is the failure of the heart to pump blood throughout the body when the heart is receiving enough blood and otherwise should be able to do so.

What is Pulmonary Edema?

Pulmonary edema is the most serious form of congestive heart failure and develops when the heart’s inability to pump enough blood throughout the body results in an increase in lung fluid and leakage from the pulmonary capillaries into the alveoli and interstitium of the lungs.

Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure

While there is no cure for congestive heart failure, the condition can be treated. With the proper amounts of exercise, a healthy diet and proper stress management, you can live a healthy and happy life.

When treating congestive heart failure, make sure that you exercise at least three times a week for a half an hour each day and make sure your diet is low in sodium, cholesterol and fats. Fruits and vegetables are very good for you so make sure your diet includes plenty of them.

Congestive Heart Failure Prevention

Surprisingly, prevention of congestive heart failure is much the same as its treatment. By eating healthy and exercising regularly, you will be doing your part to avoid development of the condition.

A diagnosis of congestive heart failure is something to be taken very seriously, but it is not necessarily the end of your life as you know it. And while congestive heart failure can be a very scary thing to be diagnosed with, treatment of the condition can ensure that you’ll be living a long and happy life.

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