Congestive Heart Failure:

by admin on August 20, 2013

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Here are some sobering statistics about Congestive Heart Failure:

  • Once a diagnosis of CHF is made, one out of every five CHF patients has only a year more to live;
  • 50 percent of newly diagnosed CHF patients have only five more years.
  • CHF is almost as bad as a cancer diagnosis.
  • There are many underlying reasons for a failing heart.
  •  There are treatment options beyond pharmaceutical drugs.
  • In addition to one’s genetic predisposition, there are several reversible health conditions that can also cause CHF:
  1. Long-term high blood pressure: Pressure against the heart wears it out.
  2. Previous heart attack: The dead portion of the heart muscle never recovers.
  3. Arrhythmia: Electrical abnormalities weaken heart muscle or cause heart attack.
  4. Heart valve disorders: The backflow of blood wears out the heart muscle.
  5. Cardiomyopathy: Diseased heart muscle cannot pump blood.
  6. Chronic lung disease: Back-pressure increases stress on the right heart chamber.
  7. Anemia: Heart must pump faster due to fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen.
  8. Diabetes: Vessel disease develops due to long-standing high-blood-sugar levels.
  9. Obesity: CHF is significantly more prevalent in obese patients.
  10. Obstructive sleep apnea: Increases blood pressure in the heart.
  11. Autoimmune inflammation: Rheumatoid arthritis doubles risk for CHF,
  12. Hyperthyroidism: Increases heart rate and energy demand on the heart.
  13. Chemotherapy drugs: Increases CHF risk,
  14. Alcohol abuse: Leads to thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency; one-third of hospitalized congestive heart failure patients were found to be low in thiamine.
  15. Amphetamines or cocaine use: Creates a huge metabolic demand on the heart.
  16. Lifestyle contributors such as smoking, lack of exercise, excessive salt intake and emotional distress: Weakens a heart predisposed to CHF.

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