Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart ceases to properly exercise its function of circulatory pump; with each beat, the heart must fill with blood and then promote it throughout the circulatory system. Any disease that damage its functioning, in the filling or emptying, may cause this disease. When the heart becomes inadequate, there is a tendency to fluid retention in the circulatory system, causing a congestive state that affects mainly the lungs and the parties more declines. The patient manifest fatigue and shortness of breath (Dyspnea) in activities that could do, such as walking, and even at rest in more advanced stages. This shortness of breath can be associated with cough, typically worsens with the lying down position and is relieved when sitting down, which can cause sudden nocturnal Awakenings with feeling of suffocation. Edema may also appear in both ankles and feet, bloating and digestions, aggravated throughout the day.

During the night, the patient urine more frequently, thus eliminating part of the excess liquids and edemas. All of these symptoms are usually progressive and must make us go to our cardiologist, since that if not treated early can end up needing urgent attention at the hospital. Widespread disease the ageing of the population and improvements in the treatment of different heart diseases, whose common fate is heart failure, have made this disease reached epidemic scale in developed countries. In this sense, it is estimated that its prevalence is around seven percent above 45 years of age, reaching percentages close to 20 percent in people who are above 75 years. This disease is the leading cause of hospital admission from age 65. At the present time, coronary heart disease is the leading cause, followed by hypertension, atrial fibrillation, valvular disease and cardiomyopathies, but any heart disease can, in some time in your evolution, cause heart failure..

Thursday, February 4th, 2021 News