Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

These are the common symptoms of congestive heart failure.

If you suspect you are in heart failure see your healthcare practitioner ASAP. Ask for a BNP to be drawn this is B-type natriuretic peptide measure which helps to quantify the seriousness of CHF. If it is over 100 it is positive, and the higher it is the more emergent it is. It also helps to determine if the treatment is effective.  With long term use of diuretics it isn’t uncommon for the body to become resistant to a particular diuretic and then medications must be re evaluated. There are many diuretic out there and sometimes it is just a matter of finding the right combination for you. It is vitally important that you not rely solely on the medication but do your part in necessary prevention of CHF.

Prevention Measure of CHF

These include watching sodium intake and striving for 1500 mg in a day and no more, avoiding sitting for long periods of time, being vigilant in High heat and humidity, exercise, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables – dash diet. Steps to lower risk for congestive heart failure can be found here.

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