Heart failure is a condition in which the heart fails to operate correctly. Often, it is taken for a condition in which the heart suddenly and completely fails. In the condition, the heart no longer pumps blood efficiently. Congestive heart failure is treated with digitalis or vasodilators and if accompanied by fluid retention, a combination of diuretics.
To avoid heart failure, you must prevent the various forms of heart disease that lead to it. To prevent coronary heart disease, eat a healthy, balanced diet, control your blood pressure and cholesterol level, maintain a normal body weight, exercise regularly and don't smoke. Limit alcohol use to one to two drinks per day. Some types of heart failure cannot be prevented.
Here’s what you can do to prevent heart failure.
The early symptoms of heart failure are fatigue, diminished ability to exercise, swelling in ankles and legs, shortness of breath (particularly during exercise), difficulty to sleep and overactive bladder. When you experience more than one of these symptoms, see your doctor.
By changing your diet and exercise, try to lower your cholesterol. Create a healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. If you weigh more according to BMI index, exercise regularly to lose some weight.
High blood pressure can be the reason behind heart attack and heart conditions. Eat a diet low in sodium to keep your blood pressure in the healthy range. Besides, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
If you have someone in the family with hypertension, diabetes or heart diseases, you are at high risk for these conditions including the heart failure risk. You need to be extra careful and pay attention to the early symptoms of these conditions so that there can be an early diagnosis and more effective treatment of these conditions that can lead heart failure.
Like other muscles, you need to exercise heart to keep it healthy. Do the low-intensity exercises everyday for at least 10 minutes to keep your heart strong. Be careful about over-exerting. If you are at higher risk, ask doctor what exercises are safe for you. Yoga is one easy exercise that can help manage stress and increase strength, balance and flexibility.
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