Heart failure (heart failure, heart muscle weakness)
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When heart failure (heart failure, heart failure), the heart does not work properly. It is no longer able to pump enough blood into the circulation. As a result, the blood flow to the organs and tissues is reduced, which can lead to circulatory failure.
Heart failure often occurs in consequence of other heart disease and primarily affects the elderly. The most common causes of heart failure are high blood pressure (hypertension) and coronary heart disease (CHD). These diseases weaken the heart muscle. The pumping performance of the heart decreases.
Physicians differ fundamentally three forms of heart failure, which manifest themselves in each case by different symptoms:
A basic treatment for chronic heart failure include substances from the group of blood pressure medicines such as ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretic drugs, called diuretics, so medication for dehydration.
If severe chronic or acute progressive forms of heart failure with complications such as pulmonary edema or a cardiogenic shock (The heart pumps too little blood in the circulatory system) accompanied, carried intensive medical treatment.
If you want to prevent heart failure, you should pay attention to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Who moves around a lot, from smoking and regular alcohol consumption of large quantities dispensed and avoid overweight or degrades, who contributes significantly to heart health. In addition, high blood pressure should be treated consistently as one of the main causes of heart failure.