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What Are Some Risk Factors For Congestive Heart Failure
Depends on type: Most heart failure is related to one of two things; 1. Ischemic heart disease (i.e. Heart attacks) risk factors for which include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, and family history. This causes the muscle of the heart to weaken and pump poorly. 2. Uncontrolled hypertension which can lead the heart muscle to become thickened and stiff and also impairs pumping ability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more
Can it be that a family history of heart disease put me at risk of congestive heart failure at age 18 ?
Multiple: If a person is predisposed to congestive heart failure, pregnancy can be tricky. Blood volume is increased in pregnancy, and this may not be tolerated by those with underlying heart disease. During labor, fluid shifts can occur with placental bleeding, IV meds/fluids, etc. And close observation is warranted. Some of the standard CHF meds can harm the fetus and may need to be stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Decompensation: Pregnancy demands increased cardiac output and a failing heart may not be up to the task. Labor and delivery are physically stressful. Blood loss commonly results in anemia - both hard for a failing heart. The risk is that someone who is marginally compensated will become worse during gestation with progressive symptoms. If you're contemplating pregnancy, discuss it in advance with OB and cards. ...Read more
Death, injury.: Congestive heart failure is dangerous for anyone, but particularly for pregnant women. It can lead to maternal death, pregnancy complications (preterm labor, cesarean section, fetal distress) and need for intensive care. Management with maternal-fetal medicine and cardiology specialists is warranted. ...Read more
NYHA: Heart failure is staged according to the new york heart association classification. In the system, class i is no symptoms. Class ii is symptoms with a high level of physical activity. Class iii his symptoms with a low level of activity. Class IV is symptoms at rest. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ...Read more
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