If you have congestive heart failure, it means your heart can't pump blood around your cardiovascular system properly. The condition develops when your heart muscle, which powers the pumping action, becomes damaged, stiff, or weak.
You can function with congestive heart failure for some time. Eventually, though, your heart muscle deteriorates to a point where it can't pump or fill at all, with the outcome being a potentially life-threatening myocardial infarction (heart attack) or even cardiac arrest.
Congestive heart failure can cause symptoms such as:
You're likely to be particularly aware of being short of breath during physical activities or when you lie down.
Congestive heart failure most often results from coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD affects the arteries delivering blood to your heart when plaque (a substance containing cholesterol and waste products) sticks to the lining of the arteries and restricts blood flow.
Congestive heart failure can also be due to or made worse by:
Some people suffer sudden congestive heart failure, which is likely to result from a pulmonary embolism, heart infection, side effects of certain medications, or an allergic reaction.
Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine offers many noninvasive procedures to evaluate your cardiovascular health at its Derry location, in partnership with Derry Imaging and the New England Heart Institute.
Some of the services the cardiology specialists provide include 24-hour Holter monitoring, stress testing, nuclear scans, and echocardiography (heart ultrasound). These cutting-edge technologies help to determine the cause of your congestive heart failure symptoms without the need for surgical procedures.
You might need to take medications for congestive heart failure, such as:
The Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine team refers you to a cardiologist for any specialist treatment you require, such as balloon angioplasty or pacemaker implantation. They also offer comprehensive care management for patients with chronic conditions like congestive heart failure.
If you've been experiencing symptoms of congestive heart failure, call Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine today or book an appointment online.