What Is Heart Failure? | Heart Disease

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So what is heart failure? Also known as congestive heart failure.

Well at its very core, it is any condition in which the heart muscle function is not enough to keep up with the demand. What we really mean, however, when we talk about heart failure is a weakened heart muscle. And this can come from a lot of different causes.

One cause may be a heart attack, which has weakened the entire heart or parts of the heart. A second cause may be conditions which directly attack the heart muscle. These can be a variety of different toxins that poison the heart muscle. Things like excessive alcohol or certain chemotherapy agents can directly attack the heart muscle's function.

A third class of causes of heart failure would be infection. Some viruses can do it, such as HIV and hepatitis, and other different types of infections can directly attack the heart muscle's function.

Some basic signs of heart failure would be effort intolerance, the ability to exert yourself. Another one would be frank shortness of breath, either at rest or, again, while you're exerting yourself. And the third most common sign of heart failure would be edema, or swelling, of your legs.

So if you're having any of the signs or symptoms of heart failure, your doctor may want to do some basic tests, such as cardiac ultrasound, to see how your heart muscle function is working. Basically that is what heart failure, or congestive heart failure, is.

Symptoms of Heart Failure | Heart Disease

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So how can someone know if they have heart failure? Well heart failure is really any condition in which the heart is not able to keep up with the demands of the body. Most of the time, we're talking about a weakened heart muscle, and this can have a variety of different signs or symptoms.

The most common of which would be effort and tolerance, or the inability to exert yourself, shortness of breath, or swelling in the lower extremities, or legs. If you describe any of these symptoms to your doctor, he or she may want to start with some basic tests to see how your heart muscle is functioning. They will listen to your heart, do an EKG, and oftentimes, go on to do a cardiac ultrasound, or echo cardiogram.

Heart failure has a spectrum of severity. It can come in mild, moderate or severe. And oftentimes, the mild stages may have minimal or no symptoms. The good news is there is treatment for heart failure and there are ways to prevent your risk. So the classic symptoms, in conjunction with a doctor's evaluation would be how to recognize if you have heart failure.

Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms vs. Men’s | Heart Disease

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So regards to heart disease there can be some basic difference between men and women. First of all, like a lot of times in life the classic symptoms are in common. In men we classically describe he symptoms of heart disease as squeezing or burning substernal or below the chest pain. Women may have their symptoms show up a little differently. Oftentimes its a vague sense of discomfort in the chest when they exert themselves. Sometimes the symptoms can be sharp. They're not always exertional and may often be associated with shortness of breath as oppose to frank chest discomfort.

The way heart disease develops in women may also be different. Heart disease often comes on later in life after menopause and can show up with more diffuse blocked arteries as opposed to one single artery that has a major blockage. It is also very important for women to get screen for heart disease. We know now, heart disease in women has been under recognized and now we realize that just like for men its' a major concern.

Luckily screening is easy. You see your doctor and he or she will do some basic test to help screen you. It is also important for women to control the major risk factors for heart disease. That would be high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lack of exercise and smoking. We used to think that certain hormones would help protect women against heart disease, like estrogen. We now know that this is not entirely the case and women can develop heart disease even before menopause occurs. So it is very important that like in men we recognize the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women and treat them aggressively.

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Your body is made up of all these organs and cells that have different jobs and roles. Just like employees need cash to go to work these cells and organs need blood.

Blood doesn't have a mind of its own so it needs something to push it and that is the heart. With this condition the heart still works, but it's like an employee working on a late Friday afternoon. It just doesn't do that good of a job.

This is why some of the symptoms have to do with lack of energy or shortness of breath. Yes your mind also needs blood so if there is a little bit of failure with the heart can you guess what is going to happen? Yea, someone probably will have a harder time concentrating.

Also as the heart starts to slow down kidneys have a harder time doing their job and so fluid starts to build up in tissues. This could be swelling in the feet, angles, stomach area and some weight gain.

Next up a person could experience a faster heartbeat, it could be irregular and there could be some chest pains.

I know what you might be thinking and that is when should I see doctor. According to the American Heart Association if you feel severe weakness like you're about to faint then it could be serious and you should see a doctor.

Other potential serious signals could be a sudden severe shortness of breath and coughing up a pink fluid. Lastly would be chest pains and an unusual heartbeat. You probably should seek professional medical attention if you feel for a second that you have a serious health problem.

It's also true that taking an aspirin if you feel any of these symptoms could save your life. Aspirin helps stop inflammation and blood clots, which helps blood flow better.

If you're interested in preventing congestive heart failure it's best to look at what causes it. Mostly this is high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and blockage with arteries.

Making changes in your life such as not smoking tobacco, getting exercise, managing stress and eating healthier food can all reduce the odds of heart failure.

The next thing is drugs. Due to the fact heart disease is the number 1 killer just in the United States the amount of money being made through prescription drugs is huge. The bad news with the prescription medicine is that they can cost a lot of money, have side effects and create free radicals that cause damage.

The good news is that there are herbal remedies that can really help the heart that are safer, less expensive and don't give off free radicals and bad side effects.

One idea is policosanol. In a study at the University of Bonn in Germany researchers tested this herb with people that had high cholesterol levels that clog up arteries. Scientists gave 10 to 20 mg a day to these patients and the results were amazing. It lowered total cholesterol by around 19 percent and LDL cholesterol by 24%.

To get policosanol the best idea is through a supplement. The problem with supplements is that the industry is unregulated so it's easy for companies to make crappy products. In fact Consumer Labs a prestigious organization last year tested all the top brands and they discovered 40% of them had problems. This includes mislabeling and even some harmful ingredients.

To help you in using these products I've created a free report and video guide. It shares what to look for in this products, what to avoid as well as simplifies herbal remedies and more. It's completely free and you can learn more by clicking on the link .

Signs You’re Having a Heart Attack | Heart Disease

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How can someone know if they're having a heart attack? Well, that can be tricky. Firstly, a heart attack can classically present as chest discomfort or pain or pressure in the chest. It's usually squeezing and dull in nature and may be associated with sweatiness. The symptoms may stay in the chest wall, or travel or radiate to the neck, arm, or left jaw.

If you feel like you're having any of those kinds of symptoms, it's important to call your doctor right away, or 911 if you can't reach your doctor. The symptoms of a heart attack, unfortunately, are not always classic and some people have vague discomforts in the chest or trouble breathing. Not everyone who's having a heart attack shows up the same way.

We've learned that not everyone has the same symptoms. Women for example may have different symptoms than men and may not have the classic chest discomfort.

Another group of people that may have different symptoms are diabetics or patients with diabetes. They may not have symptoms at all. And sometimes it can be very challenging to know if they are having a heart attack.

During a heart attack, time is very important to help save heart muscle and save lives. If you feel you may be having some symptoms associated with a heart attack, it's important that you seek medical attention right away.