Congestive heart failure is a condition that results from the heart being unable to effectively pump your body’s blood. This reduces the amount of oxygen distributed to the body and can result in several other health problems. Often, conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or coronary artery disease weaken the heart and lessen its functionality. Some of these conditions are irreversible, but a healthier lifestyle can improve the quality of life for patients with congestive heart failure.
Congestive heart failure is often a chronic condition with symptoms gradually increasing over time, but it can also be brought on suddenly by dramatic lifestyle changes. Some of these symptoms include:
In order to properly diagnose congestive heart failure, your Ogden Clinic cardiologist will review a complete medical history, record your symptoms, and perform a thorough physical examination. The cardiologist may also run a variety of other tests, including:
Congestive heart failure is a condition that cannot be cured, but rather requires management over a lifetime. With management, your heart can regain some of its strength and help you live a longer, more fulfilling life. In order to manage your condition, your Ogden Clinic cardiologist may recommend various medications to build the walls of the heart and lessen irregular heart rhythms. In some cases, different types of surgery like heart valve replacement or a coronary bypass can alleviate blockage and increase functionality of the heart and its ability to pump blood more efficiently.
To learn more about your diagnosis and treatment options in Utah for congestive heart failure, contact Ogden Clinic. One of our cardiologists would be happy to review your medical history and develop a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.