Over time the heart muscle weakens. This happens to every person as they age. However, there are conditions and behaviors that increase ones risk of heart failure. The cause of heart failure can often be traced back to certain factors. These factors can expedite the weakening of the heart muscle, increasing the risk of heart failure. The causes of heart failure include:
Signs and Symptoms
In general, heart disease develops slowly over time. The above factors will, over a period of time, weaken the heart, leading to the failure of the heart muscle. When this occurs hear failure is categorized as a chronic, long-term ailment or disability. However, acute heart failure does occur as well. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of both chronic and acute heart failure. This list is meant as a general guide. Please consult a physician immediately if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
Chronic heart failure:
Acute heart failure:
Most treatments for heart failure are meant to prolong the sufferer’s life and decrease their symptoms. However, depending on the causes of the heart failure treatments may correct the failure entirely.
For most a balance of the correct medications, changes in lifestyle and possible medical procedures are sought in an effort to improve survival rates and quality of life. The following is a list of some of the more common treatments of heart failure:
Surgery and medical devices:
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