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Heart Failure
Heart Failure
Symptoms
Symptoms

A heart failure patient may experience one of these or different symptoms:

  • Difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath. Initially, it will occur while the patient is exercising or doing some heavy work. At advanced stages, this occurs even while the patient is resting.
  • An interruption in sleeping because of difficulty in breathing.
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs.
  • Coughing.
  • The extra fluid in the body leads to weight gain.
  • The patient is not able to do daily activities because they feel tired most of the time.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Vomiting and nausea.
  • Faster heartbeat.

Causes
Causes

Mostly, heart failure occurs because of one of the following reasons:

  • Blockage of the arteries (coronary heart disease).
  • Heart attack.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart valve problems.
  • Diabetes.
  • Lung diseases.
  • Genetic problems in the heart muscles.
  • Heart infections.
  • Excessive intake of alcohol.

Risks
Risks

A person is at a greater risk of heart failure if he/she is suffering from any of the following activities:

  • Reduced or low levels of haemoglobin or red blood cells.
  • Anaemia.
  • A thyroid gland that is overactive (hyperthyroidism).
  • A thyroid gland that is underactive in its functioning (hypothyroidism).
  • Constantly high fever and inconsistent heartbeat.
  • Consuming too much salt in the meals.
  • Stressing the body too much with physical exercises and work.
  • People who take a lot of emotional stress are also at a greater risk.

Prevention
Prevention

Following are some measures that can help prevent heart failure:

  • Quitting smoking.
  • Reducing stress.
  • Healthier lifestyle by exercising.
  • Not allowing conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Eating healthy food.

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