Congestive Heart Failure Stages

Congestive Heart Failure Stages

Hi! I’m robo-Suzie and today I’ll talk to
you about Congestive Heart Failure Stages. Also don’t forget to subscribe for more tips
in the future! But back to our topic. When the heart is unable to meet the requirements
of the body’s blood supply, it leads to a serious medical condition commonly termed
as congestive heart failure or CHF. There are many who believe that CHF is a kind of
heart disease. However, it is one of those several factors that can lead to heart failure.
CHF does not mean that the heart ceases to work completely. In reality, there are people
diagnosed with CHF and have been living for many years. People suffering from CHF experience several
events of heart failure over the period of time yet they survive. However, it cannot
be regarded as harmless. It has a severe bearing on daily life and reduces the physical capabilities
of a person. CHF occurs due to number of reasons. Family history of coronary disease, congenital
heart defects, damaged heart valves, prior cardiac arrests and chronic high blood pressure
are some of the reasons which can cause CHF. Congestive heart failure occurs in various
stages. The initial stage begins with the feelings of fatigue, tiredness and exhaustion
when a person does some physical activity. These symptoms are so common that usually
a person does not get alarmed by them. During this stage the person does not even realize
that he or she is suffering from CHF. This stage usually goes unnoticed and is not so
dangerous. As the condition progresses, the symptoms
become more pronounced leading to change in the daily lifestyle of the person. When the
person is unable to perform routine exercise and experiences shortness of breath with slightest
of physical activity, it means that the disease has progressed to the second stage. In this
stage, the person might experience palpitations and often experience angina attacks. Even
the mildest of physical activity can result in extreme discomfort, which can be alleviated
with some rest. As the stage advances to the next level, it
has a massive impact on the daily routine of the person. Physical activity becomes limited.
The person prefers to be at rest most of the times due to constant fatigue. Even the slightest
physical activity can lead to swollen ankles, and rapid breathing. In addition, the person
may feel the need to urinate frequently in the night. The fourth stage is the final one. When person
reaches this stage, he or she might experience extreme discomfort and normal daily living
activities become impossible. Shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, bluish skin
and palpitations are common in this stage. The treatment varies with the stage. In the
beginning, the person is prescribed drugs such as ACE inhibitors. These drugs assist
in dilation of blood vessels and enhance the blood supply. Also, if the person is suffering
from high blood pressure, he or she is prescribed Beta blockers to control the pressure. As
the stage advances, surgery might be of some help. The only way to completely treat CHF
is through a heart transplant. That’s it! Thank you.
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21 thoughts on “Congestive Heart Failure Stages”

  1. Where are the source(s) from which you got the staging info? I feel that should be included in your references.

  2. I’m 13 and over the past few months my practices have been getting a lot harder. To the point where I’m wheezing, shaking and just feel so tired and confused. I have hypoglycemia( low blood sugar) and those are common side effects, but they have never been this bad and this frequent. But I just ignored it and blamed it on my hypoglycemia. Up until two nights ago. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, my heart was beating so fast, and I was coughing. Every time I fell asleep I would wake up within a couple minutes bc I couldn’t breathe. The next day I went to the doctor, and they said my lunges and throat sounded fine and that it was probably just my allergies. I have had allergies my entire life and they have never made me feel like this. Please help, I’m starting to get nervous.

  3. 80% of people make it off the table with heart transplant. Those who survive have about five years of life. Its a tempory fix.

  4. This video is not a help! I think it is extremely misleading and serves to scare the hell out of people. I have asked my doctors what my life expectancy is and they tell me with medications, diet change, exercise and healthy living I can live a normal life for another 20 years or so!

  5. Excerpts (3) & link:

    _Many people with heart failure may be overly optimistic when it comes to estimating how long they have left to live.

    _A new study shows nearly two-thirds of people with congestive heart failure overestimate their remaining life expectancy by an average of 40% compared with what's realistic based on their prognosis.They found the heart failure patients tended to overestimate their life expectancy by about three years. The average patient survival estimate was 13 years compared with a validated medical model estimate of 10 years. _

    Although there have been recent improvements in congestive heart failure treatment, researchers say the prognosis for people with the disease is still bleak, with about 50% having an average life expectancy of less than five years. For those with advanced forms of heart failure, nearly 90% die within one year.

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