All the systems in your body rely on each other to work properly. Heart failure has effects all through your body that can lead to other problems, such as kidney disease. The reverse is also true. A condition like diabetes or lung disease can damage or stress your heart and cause heart failure. Managing any other problems can help reduce your heart's workload and make your heart failure better.
Conditions that commonly cause or occur along with heart failure include high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high cholesterol, kidney problems, anemia, and arthritis.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If your doctor has not set you up with a cardiac rehab program, talk to him or her about whether that is right for you. Cardiac rehab includes exercise, help with diet and lifestyle changes, and emotional support.
Call 911 if you have symptoms of sudden heart failure such as:
Call 911 if you have symptoms of a heart attack. These may include:
After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you develop new symptoms.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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