What is heart failure?
Heart failure literally does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop. It is a severe condition in which the heart does not pump the blood in your body as it should pump.
The heart still beats, but it pumps less oxygen rich blood and nutrient to the rest of your body. Because of this, heart failure can make you feel exhausted or fragile. Heart failure also can cause swelling in your legs, feet and even your lungs. It can cause fluid build up also, fluid buildup in your lungs often is referred to as “congestion,” that is why heart failure is sometimes called congestive heart failure (CHF). Sometimes, patients may require hospitalization to treat a worsen, or an acute episode, of the heart failure symptoms.
What are the warning signs of heart failure?
Some warning signs of heart failure include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, elevated heart rate, heart palpitations, tiredness, weakness, swollen ankles and legs, in take loss of appetite and weight gain. Person who experiences acute episodes of their heart failure symptoms also may have extreme shortness of breath that leaves them gasping air. As they may have fluid buildup in their lungs, they feel as they are sinking.
How are severe attacks of heart failure treated?
There are some regular intravenous (IV) drugs that are generally given to patients in hospitals to treat severe cases of heart failure. They include diuretics,
inotropes and IV vasodilators.
But, please consult to your physician for more details.