Congestive heart failure doesn't make your heart stop working altogether, but it does affect its ability to pump blood. If you have symptoms of congestive heart failure, board-certified cardiologist Georges Feghali, MD, at HeartPlace can help. At locations in Dallas and Corsicana, Texas, Dr. Feghali provides expert diagnosis and treatment for congestive heart failure. To benefit from his experience, call HeartPlace today or book an appointment online.
Your heart muscle contracts and releases in a pumping action to move blood around your body. Congestive heart failure occurs if your heart muscle is too weak to pump blood as efficiently as it should.
Blood contains oxygen and nutrients for your organs and tissues. If you have congestive heart failure, there isn't enough blood flowing through your arteries to provide the oxygenation and nutrition your organs need.
This lack of blood affects organ function and leads to a buildup of blood in places like your legs, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract.
Congestive heart failure can result from various cardiac conditions, including:
You're more likely to develop congestive heart failure as you get older. Other factors that can increase your risk of congestive heart failure include having high cholesterol or diabetes, not exercising enough, being overweight or obese, and smoking.
Congestive heart failure can cause symptoms such as:
Congestive heart failure symptoms vary depending on the cause of your condition. Sometimes, the disease produces virtually no symptoms until it gets to an advanced stage.
Dr. Feghali creates a personalized treatment plan for you that accounts for your age and general health, the cause and severity of your congestive heart failure, and your lifestyle. Potential treatments include:
As leading causes of congestive heart failure, like hypertension, high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease, are typically due to an unhealthy lifestyle, most patients need to make modifications to improve their heart health.
Dr. Feghali can advise and support you with changes such as eating a heart-healthy diet, quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising regularly.
Medications like angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics, and angiotensin-receptor neprilysin inhibitors (ARNIs) can improve heart function. You might also need medications to help lower your cholesterol levels or blood pressure.
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) can help to regulate your heartbeat and deliver an electrical pulse to the heart if it identifies a dangerously abnormal rhythm.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) involves having a pacemaker that normalizes the contraction of your heart's ventricles.
If you have concerns about your heart, call HeartPlace today or schedule an appointment online.