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What Medications Should I Avoid if I Have Heart Failure?

There are many various types of medications that are best avoided in those with heart failure including: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Aleve. For relief of aches, pains, or fever take Tylenol instead. Most antiarrhythmic agents Most calcium channel blockers (if you have systolic heart failure) Some nutritional supplements, such as salt substitutes, and growth hormone therapies Antacids that …

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How Can I Prevent Further Heart Damage?

As with any chronic illness, heart failure is best controlled by early diagnosis and prevention. Sometimes, the cause of heart failure is idiopathic (another name for “cause unknown”), but in many cases, lifestyle is a major factor. One additional note: Claims that women are less vulnerable to heart failure than men are untrue. Heart failure affects women and men equally, …

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How To Prevent Heart Failure From Worsening?

Keep your blood pressure low. In HF(Heart failure), the release of hormones causes the blood vessels to constrict or tighten. Therefore the heart must work hard to pump blood through the constricted vessels. It is important to keep your blood pressure as low as possible, so that your heart can pump effectively without extra stress. Monitor your own symptoms. Check for changes …

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What Are the Types of Heart Failure?

Systolic dysfunction (or systolic heart failure) occurs when the heart muscle does not contract with sufficient force, so there is minimum oxygen-rich blood that is pumped throughout the body. Diastolic dysfunction (or diastolic heart failure) occurs when the heart contracts normally, but the ventricles do not relax properly or are stiff, and less blood enters the heart during normal filling. A calculation done during …

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The Basics About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a cardiac condition in which the heart is unable to function sufficiently to meet the body’s needs. Because heart failure can be produced by many kinds of cardiac disease, it is among the most prevalent of cardiac problems. Patients with heart failure often suffer from shortness of breath and fatigue, and have difficulty with physical exertion. Their …

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What Is Ischemia?

Cardiac ischemia happens when plaque and fatty matter narrow the inside of an artery to a point where it cannot supply adequate oxygen-rich blood to meet your heart’s needs. Heart attack can occur – with or without chest pain and other symptoms. Ischemia is most commonly experienced during: Exercise or exertion Eating Excitement or stress Exposure to cold Coronary artery disease or CAD …

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How common is heart disease among women?

Heart disease is the highest cause of death in women over forty years old, especially after menopause. Once a woman reaches the age of fifty, (about the age of natural menopause), the risk for heart disease increases normally. In young women who have undergone early or surgical menopause, the risk for heart disease is also higher, especially when combined with other risk factors …

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How the Healthy Heart Works

Our heart is a great organ. It always pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body to live life. This fist-sized organ beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times per day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, or about 2,000 gallons per day. With heart failure, the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, causing less blood to flow …

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Cholesterol: Is Our Heart In Danger?

What is cholesterol -it is a waxy steroid of fat produced in liver or intestine, used for the synthesis of hormones and cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all mammals. Cholesterol is a very important structural component of plasma membrane of mammals required for maintaining proper membrane permeability and fluidity. It is also an essential agent required …

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Heart Attack-How Do I Know If I Am Having?

Mostly patients have symptoms prior to an real heart attack – generally a “tightness” behind the breastbone, which mainly is caused by an increase in heart rate. The coronary arteries fill in between heart beats therefore anything which increases your heart rate will reduce the time your coronary arteries have to provide blood flow to the heart muscle- the myocardium. …

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About Defibrillation

What Is Defibrillation? It is a specific medical treatment in which a defibrillator (An apparatus used to control heart fibrillation by application of an electric current to the chest wall or heart) delivers electrical energy to an afflicted heart. Healthcare professionals determine the level of electrical charge (joules) to apply, based on their experience and tested practices under medical consultation. The electrical …

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About Bradycardia

What Is Bradycardia? In the Greek language means “heart slowness”. It is basically a heart rate that is under 60 beats per minute while a person is at rest. Bradycardia is usually not detectable unless the heart rate drops to below 50 beats a minute. This slower heart rate can produce heart attacks in some individuals or even cardiac arrests. …

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Care at Home for Congestive Heart Failure-By Edterchelle Soriano

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that occurs when the heart fails to initiate its ability to pump blood. There are two types of CHF, the left side heart failure and the right side heart failure. It is considered as one of the most common form of heart diseases which requires medical attention. However, there are some simple ways …

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