5 Signs of Heart Failure
It is a common misconception that heart failure is just another name for a heart attack. In fact, those are two distincts heart diseases that require different treatment.
A heart attack is a sudden acute blockage of one of the coronary arteries. The resulting inadequate blood supply leads to a lack of oxygen and nutrients which, in turn, triggers gradual damage to the heart muscle. This condition is life-threatening and requires immediate medical intervention.
Heart failure (HF), by contrast, is characterized by gradual and progressive inefficiency of the heart that results in its inability to pump blood forcefully enough to cater to all the needs of the human organism. Due to this it normally becomes increasingly more difficult to carry out ordinary daily tasks. Kidneys, liver, muscles and central nervous system are the ones most often hit by inadequate blood supply.
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About a third of the world’s population suffers from this heart condition and when it comes to older age (in fact, as young as above 40) the risks increase significantly.
The symptoms of heart failure may be persistent or episodic depending on the severity of the disease and are as follows:
- Shortness of breath. Fluid build-up in the lungs hampers gas exchange and normal breathing. In this case it may be hard to do excessive physical activity or, if heart failure is severe, breath normally even in the state of rest or while sleeping.
- Persistent coughing. It resembles the kind of cough that accompanies bronchitis and is with mucus or phlegm in worse cases. At early stages patients also have fatigue, sweating and dizziness. Later on some body parts start to swell.
- Swollen legs and ankles. This occurs due to fluid build-up and is usually more acute in the evening. Increased liver volume and abdominal swelling may also be a sign of heart failure.
- Tiredness, fainting and weakness. Some patients are constantly tired and weak. Due to insufficient blood supply to the brain fainting is also possible.
- Elevated heart rate. This way the heart tries to compensate for improper blood flow through an increased heart rate.
What You Could Do to Reduce the Risk
If you live healthily, stay active and take pills and supplements, the risk of developing heart failure can be lowered significantly.
Among the supplements that are considered effective in mitigating the risk of HF are:
- Coenzyme Q10. It plays a critical role in ATP production and has an anti-inflammatory effect. A longitudinal study called Q-SYMBIO showed that heart failure mortality among the participants declined 1.7 times due to regular intake of CoQ10.
- Acetylcarnitine. It boosts stamina and resistance to physical loads.
- Vitamin B6. It decreases heart rate and blood pressure.
- Taurine, which is a natural diuretic and can reduce swelling.
What We Can Do to Help You
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