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how many people have congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 52 years experience
Many and increasing: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a common and growing problem. Since it gets commoner with advancing age, it will only get more common. Causes include coronary and valvular heart disease and poorly treated hypertension. Rare causes are viral infections of the heart. Important is that treatment has greatly improved in recent years.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CHF: At the present time there still are about 500, 000 new cases of CHF a year. Better control of hypertension and diabetes and coronary artery disease is hoped to decrease it. The obesity epidemic in the country bodes ill for the future however. We have improved treatments for CHF but nothing beats preventing it.

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Does having a slow heart beat cause dizziness?

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Poor blood flow: The balance centers of the brain depend on good blood flow to the brain. If the heart is beating slowly or is not pumping enough blood into the brain, you will feel dizzy. First is to lie down so that the blood flow does not have to go uphill. Next is to lift the legs to be sure enough blood is getting into the heart. If the brain does not get enough blood flow, you can pass out and fall.
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What type of exercise is best for the heart muscle?

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Why do I have extreme dizziness and heart palpitations!?

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