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Heart Failure

Congestive cardiac failure or heart failure generally occurs when the heart is unable to meet the blood flow rate the body requires. The rate at which the heart pumps blood becomes insufficient to meet the needs of the lungs and body. This pump action mechanism is called cardiac output, hence in cases of cardiac failure the cardiac output becomes too low to match the rate of blood input to the heart. This causes the body to be congested with fluids. The opposite can happen too, in which case the cardiac output becomes too high due to overload of antitoxin, antibody, antigen or blood infusion.

Immediate symptoms of heart failure are breathing problems, dizziness, wheezing or swelling of legs. The symptoms depend on whether the case is a right-sided failure, left-sided failure or biventricular failure. Some common causes of this condition are hypertension, obesity, smoking and drinking, drug addiction, diabetes and heart diseases. These failures may be acute or chronic in nature. The condition can be diagnosed with blood tests, coronary catheterization and through electrocardiography or echocardiography.

Product Category Recommendation: Cardiovascular Nutrition

Words from our in House Expert:

dr.-dave-bordered.jpgDr. Dave States: By the time you are at the place of heart failure it is obviously a crisis that needs medical attention.  Looking to feed the cardio system as systematically as you can is critical to success.  Omega 3,6,9's are great in feeding the system the good fats that it needs to lubricate and create viscosity in the vessels.  Calming the stress on the heart is also something that happens first by probably lowering stress.  Keeping exercise consistent before this occurs is key.

 

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