Heart Failure Stages
In the congestive heart failure stages there is a
decrease in the ability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to supply
the organs in the body. Factors that can lead to the
development include high blood pressure, a past myocardial
infarction or heart attack, infection of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
or heart valves (endocarditis).
Also the congenital defects of the heart,
cardiomyopathy, disease of the muscle of the heart, disease of the
heart valve that is caused by rheumatic fever and narrow arteries that
are supplying blood to the heart.
Congestive heart failure is termed as such because there is congestion
in the circulatory system due to the slowing pumping actions of the
heart. In the congestive heart failure symptoms is edema or
swelling which can be observed in the ankles or legs. Edema is
also caused by the increased retention of water that is caused by the
kidney's inability to dispose water and sodium. If the
congestion is severe, the swelling can be observed in other body parts
as well. The edema or fluid collection in the lungs can result to
shortness of breath which aggravates when the sufferer is in a lying
progression of congestive heart failure stages is classified into four
Mild or Class I
- In this stage, the sufferer still functions normally. Regular
physical activities don't result in chest pain.
- The sufferer is still comfortable at rest but
experiences limitations when engaged in physical activities. Regular
physical activities results in shortness of breath, anginal
pain, palpitations or fatigue.
Severe or Class
- There is already a marked limitation of the regular
physical activities but the sufferer still remains comfortable at
rest. Normal activities easily cause anginal pain,
shortness of breath, palpitations and fatigue.
- In this stage, discomfort is already felt with
the regular physical activities. The symptoms of anginal
syndrome or cardiac insufficiency may be seen even if the sufferer is
Heart Failure Treatment
The treatment is necessary after your doctor rules in congestive heart
failure after undergoing laboratory examinations. Treatment
program for congestive heart failure stages usually includes:
daily activities, proper
(especially the reduction of salt intake),
rest and medications.
It is also critical to determine the
of the congestive heart failure symptoms.
If the cause is identified,
high blood pressure for instance, then it is necessary to treat and
correct it to prevent further damage to the heart and other organs of
Mild and moderate congestive heart failure can still be treated with
medications. In the case that the heart is severely damaged and can no
longer be treated with the regular approach, something more extreme
like a heart transplant probably will be considered.
Congestive heart failure is a serious condition that can be prevented
with proper diet and healthy lifestyle with exercise. If you
experience the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure
is best to consult your doctor
immediately. Early treatment can prevent the condition from
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