If you think you're having symptoms of a heart attack, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911. Learn the symptoms of a heart attack in men and women.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which your heart gradually loses the ability to pump blood throughout your body. Congestive heart failure develops over a period of time. If you have heart failure, you may experience symptoms of fatigue and feeling like you’re out of breath.
For most people, the symptoms of heart failure may include the following:
Heart failure is caused when the heart is either overworked or has been damaged in some way. When your heart is weakened, the ability to effectively pump blood is lessened, increasing the risk of further complications. Heart failure can be caused by a heart attack and is often the result of untreated heart disease
The most common causes of heart failure include:
When you meet with a heart specialist at Riverview Health, he or she will recommend a heart-healthy lifestyle—including eating healthy foods, limiting salt intake, getting plenty of exercise and not smoking.
If you have an underlying condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to fit your health needs. If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, medications or surgery, such as ICD or pacemaker placement, may be helpful in treating your heart failure.
Ready to take a step toward a healthier life? Evaluate your heart with a $49 heart scan at Riverview Health. Though a heart scan doesn’t require a doctor’s order, you must meet specific criteria. To see if you qualify and to request an appointment, call 317.776.7247.
Riverview Health evaluates and treats a wide array of heart conditions for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.