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Heart Help's Page on CHF

CHF = Congestive Heart Failure

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A disorder in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood efficiently, thereby failing to meet the demands of the body.

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Heart failure may affect either the right side, left side, or both sides of the heart. As pumping action is lost, blood may back up into other areas of the body, including the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and extremities right-sided heart failure, or the lungs left-sided heart failure.

Structural or functional causes of heart failure include
high blood pressure hypertension, heart valve disease, congenital heart diseases, cardiomyopathy, heart tumor, and other heart diseases.

Precipitating factors include infections with high fever or complicated infections, use of negative inotropic drugs (such as beta-blockers and calcium channel blocker), anemia, irregular heartbeats arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease.

Other risk factors include
smoking, obesity, excess alcohol consumption, and diet high in fat and salt.

Heart failure occurs in approximately 10 out of 100 people, and becomes more prevalent with advancing age .

Below you will find Articles and Links to more information on CHF. There is also a link to our message board should you have any questions or need/want any help, or just want to talk or drop a little note letting us know you were here.

HEART-HELP's Message Board
If you have questions, need to talk, need support or just want to let us know you were here. Drop in and leave a quick note. All posts get answered, and if it's help you need and we don't have it, we will try to find it for you. Or stop by and just say Hi.

  Facts About Heart Failure

  Heart Help's Articles re medications, lifestyle choices.

InSYNC Device from Medtronics
Read the News Release on this great new device from Medtronics and also an article to see if could be for you!

Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure
Although Congestive Heart Failure is a common clinical syndrome, especially, in the eldery, its diagnosis if often missed.

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?
A great explanation of what congestive heart failure is, its symptoms, and its causes.

Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms and Treatment that are commonly associated with congestive heart failure.

What Are the Drug Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure?
This good article outlines the various drug treatments available to manage different aspects of congestive heart failure.

What Are the Surgical Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure?
Surgical treatments for congestive heart failure include valve replacement, angioplasty, bypass, or - in the most severe cases - heart transplantation.

BioMed Pharmacology Site
Highly Technical, but Excellent Article Regarding Etiology of CHF.

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These pages are not to be misconstrued as medical advice--
we are not doctors. Only your doctor can give you medical advice


Last Modified on May 23, 2002