Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, affects millions of people, and more are diagnosed each year. It is a leading cause of hospitalization among those age 65 and older, meaning that prompt diagnosis and treatment is important. Contact Talal Khan, MD, and his team at Personal Primary Care in Springfield, Massachusetts, to learn more about treatment options for congestive heart failure.
Contrary to popular belief, congestive heart failure doesn’t mean the heart has stopped working altogether. Instead, it means that the pumping power is weaker than it should be and blood is moving through the body at a slower rate.
This weakness leads to increased pressure on the heart. Also, the body does not get the nutrition and oxygen it needs. Congestive heart failure is a problem that affects the entire body — not just the heart.
To determine if congestive heart failure is a problem, your doctor will first ask you questions about your medical history and symptoms. Certain issues, such as diabetes, angina, and high blood pressure, can cause heart failure, so knowing if you suffer from these is important. Then, you will have a full physical exam to review the overall health of your body. In some cases, additional testing on the heart may be required to determine if congestive heart failure is present.
There are many treatment options available for heart failure today. Your doctor at Personal Primary Care will likely recommend lifestyle changes, coupled with medication to get things under control. There are more advanced treatment options (such as surgery) that can be helpful in late stages too, but the goal is always to avoid these or delay them if possible. A discussion with your doctor will help you determine the best way to proceed.
While the team at Personal Primary Care will have specific suggestions, it is important that anyone facing congestive heart failure eats a healthy diet, gets plenty of exercise, and takes care to avoid too much stress. By taking a few simple steps today, it may be possible to prevent the disease from advancing to the later stages.
To learn more about how to prevent or treat congestive heart failure, call Personal Primary Care or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.