Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart has sustained enough physical damage that it’s no longer able to perform efficiently. That means the walls of the heart have become stiff and ineffective or extremely lax and ineffective at pumping blood. It can also mean that your arteries have narrowed and may not be supplying the heart with the amount of oxygenated blood it needs.
Congestive heart failure may be reversed to an extent if you catch it in the earliest stages. Lowering your blood cholesterol levels and reducing your blood pressure numbers can help, but may not be enough to solve the problem completely. Once Dr. Salem identifies the signs of congestive heart failure, it’s important to be proactive and make the necessary lifestyle changes that will allow treatment to be more effective.
Congestive heart failure is a condition that develops over time. It can be difficult to identify just one particular cause, especially if you have numerous chronic health conditions that are being treated at the same time. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chronic upper respiratory diseases like asthma and COPD often play a definitive role in how quickly congestive heart failure develops.
If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Dr. Salem will evaluate all aspects of your health in an attempt to determine what may be causing your heart to weaken. To effectively treat congestive heart failure, he must also fully address all of the conditions affecting the health of your heart.
Once Dr. Salem treats your other health conditions, he continues to evaluate your health. He might prescribe medications to help your heart function more efficiently. He could also recommend surgery that involves replacing faulty heart valves or even a heart transplant.
Congestive heart failure is chronic and will have to be monitored for the rest of your life. Although some damage to the heart may be able to be reversed, once the damage has reached a critical level, your only treatment option may be a heart transplant. With regular monitoring, Dr. Salem can add years to your life if you make the lifestyle changes that are necessary to strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system.
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