The most common cause of congestive heart failure is coronary artery disease. Risk factors for coronary artery disease include: high levels of cholesterol and/or triglyceride in the blood. high blood pressure.
Jan 21, 2022
Although CHF cannot be cured, you can make healthy lifestyle changes and take certain medication to manage this condition.
The life expectancy for congestive heart failure depends on the cause of heart failure, its severity, and other underlying medical conditions. In general, about half of all people diagnosed with congestive heart failure will survive five years. About 30% will survive for 10 years.
However, despite the advancements, 5 years is the life expectancy of about 50% of those diagnosed with CHF. 90% of those in advanced CHF stages will pass away within a year. At moderate stages, patients average 10 years. One of the reasons why CHF is so dangerous is that it goes undetected for long.
The progress of heart failure is unpredictable and different for each person. In many cases, the symptoms remain at a stable level for quite some time (months or years) before becoming worse. In some cases the severity and symptoms become gradually worse over time.
Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:
Dec 10, 2021
It is possible to reverse congestive heart failure. Once the condition of your heart is assessed, the physician will take further steps to treat your congestive heart failure and start appropriate treatment.
Signs of Worsening Heart Failure
Fatigue. Heart failure can make you feel worn out. Things that wouldn't have tired you out in the past suddenly do. You're more likely to feel tired all of the time with advanced heart failure.
While most people associate coughing as a common symptom that accompanies lung or respiratory issues, its connection to heart failure often goes unnoticed. This is called a cardiac cough, and it often happens to those with congestive heart failure (CHF).
Heart failure may cause you to feel weak and fatigued during the day. But did you know that daytime tiredness might be in part the result of sleep problems exacerbated by or occurring in conjunction with heart failure? Known culprits include sleep apnea, orthopnea, and periodic limb movement disorder.
Sleeping on your right side may be the best option for people with heart failure. Although some people think sleeping on your right side could restrict blood flow back to the heart, there's not enough evidence to prove that it's harmful.
Both panic attacks and heart attacks can wake you from sleep. But there's a key difference: People who have nighttime, or nocturnal, panic attacks usually have daytime panic attacks, too.
Exercise intolerance and fatigue are often the most common symptoms of heart failure. This tiredness or fatigue occurs because less blood reaches the muscles and tissues, due to the reducing pumping ability of the heart.
Some people get heart palpitations when lying down because of the position in which they sleep. Sleeping hunched over on your side can increase pressure inside your body, causing palpitations. Many other common causes of heart palpitations include: Anxiety, stress and depression.
...a tired feeling all the time and difficulty with everyday activities, such as shopping, climbing stairs, carrying groceries or walking. The heart can't pump enough blood to meet the needs of body tissues.
You may experience a persistent cough or wheezing (a whistling sound in the lungs or laboured breathing) due to your heart failure. The wheezing is similar to asthma but has a different cause in heart failure.
These might look like symptoms of the flu. If you don't have other normal flu-like symptoms - fever, running nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat - you may be experiencing a heart attack. Get yourself to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.