Almost 6 million Americans live with heart failure. Heart failure occurs when your heart can’t pump blood through your body effectively. It’s a chronic condition that requires long-term care. At her practice in New York City, cardiologist and peripheral vascular specialist Azadeh Beheshtian, MD, offers top-quality care for patients with heart failure.
To learn more about heart failure diagnosis and treatment, contact the office for an appointment today, either via phone or the online scheduler.
Heart Failure Q & A
What is the definition?
Heart failure means that your heart no longer pumps blood as effectively as it should. Your heart is responsible for delivering oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, tissues, and organs to keep your body operating. The principal meaning is that your heart is weak and it can’t supply enough blood to the rest of your body.
Occurrence doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped working, but it is a serious condition that impacts your overall health. It’s a chronic condition, however some people experience it as acute or sudden.
What are the causes?
Heart failure typically develops as a result of other conditions that weaken your heart over time. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, and a major risk factor. Other chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes also be causes.
Stress on your heart can cause the development of heart failure. Having a heart attack can permanently damage your heart and lead to heart failure. Other risk factors for heart failure include age, race, and weight. People who are over 65 years old are more likely to suffer heart failure. People who are overweight or African American are also at increased risk.
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
When your heart can’t supply your body with enough oxygen and blood, you can experience a number of symptoms. Fatigue and shortness of breath are common in patients with heart failure, and you may find that walking long distances or up a flight of stairs becomes challenging.
It can become more difficult to exercise, and you might find that you develop a persistent cough or wheezing. Edema, or swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet, can occur, and some patients experience rapid weight gain from fluid retention.
Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Persistent cough
- Lack of appetite
- Chest pain
How is heart failure treated?
Heart failure is a chronic condition that requires long-term care. The treatment works to strengthen your heart, improving your symptoms and helping you live longer. Dr. Beheshtian often prescribes a combination of medications and lifestyle modification. The types of medications she recommends depend on your unique condition.
Surgery can treat some underlying conditions, for example, if you have blocked arteries, coronary bypass surgery modifies blood flow to avoid the blockages. Heart valve repair or replacement can eliminate backward blood flow.
For compassionate care and a thorough examination, visit Dr. Beheshtian. An expert in cardiology, she helps you find the best treatment to extend your life and give you the best quality of life possible. Call our office or make an appointment online today.