Congestive heart failure/ heart failure develops when the ventricles, the two bottom chambers of your heart that pump blood to your organs and tissues, cannot pump sufficient volumes of blood to keep the rest of your body adequately supplied with oxygen and nutrients. This insufficient pumping increases pressure in the heart, so the chambers of the heart may try to compensate by expanding to hold more blood or stiffening to boost pumping power. However, the muscles eventually weaken and become unable to function properly. As a result, the kidneys may start building up fluid in your lungs, abdomen, liver, or lower body, causing the body to become congested and leading to congestive heart failure.
There are many conditions that can damage the heart muscles and leave the body susceptible to congestive heart failure, including:
In the early stages of congestive heart failure, you may not notice any changes to your health. However, there are several signs to watch out for, such as:
The fastest and most reliable way to find out if you are suffering from congestive heart failure is to schedule a cardiology consultation with the expert team at Cardiac Solutions. One of our board-certified cardiologists will perform a physical exam and run a series of tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Some of the recommended tests may include:
At Cardiac Solutions, we provide a wide variety of treatment options to combat congestive heart failure. We will create a personalized treatment plan for you that may include:
If medications are not effective on their own, they may perform an angioplasty to open up blocked arteries or heart valve repairs may be required. A device to help manage or monitor your heart may need to be implanted.
When medication is not improving the heart function your cardiologist may talk to you about a number of implantable devices to help improve the pumping function of your heart and give you a better quality of life and reduce your symptoms of congested heart failure.
Biventricular pacemakers (BiV): Biventricular pacemaker is a special pacemaker, which is used to synchronize the contractions of the left ventricle with the right ventricle, to improve the squeezing ability of the heart. This is implanted in patients with severe and moderately severe symptoms of heart failure.
Automatic implanted cardioverter defibrillator (AICD): An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen. The device is to help treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. If the patient goes into a life threatening irregular heart rhythm the device will provide an electrical shock to help bring the heart back into a normal rhythm.
CardioMems: If you have heart failure, changes in the pressure of blood through your pulmonary artery can indicate worsening heart failure—even before you notice symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain. The CardioMEMS™ HF System features a small pressure-sensing device that is implanted directly into your pulmonary artery. It sends information wirelessly to your doctor. Your doctor can use the information to adjust your medications and treatment plan, if needed.
With over 30 years of experience, the professional team at Cardiac Solutions has the knowledge and skills to maximize your heart health by providing effective treatment plans for congestive heart failure. To find out more information or to schedule a full cardiology consultation, please call 623-876-8816!