A Different Kind of Heat Failure Nowadays

by Medindia Content Team on  July 21, 2006 at 2:31 PM Hypertension News   - G J E 4
A Different Kind of Heat Failure Nowadays
A recent study has revealed that while the number of people diagnosed with heart failure each year is unchanged the kind of heart failure they are diagnosed with has changed over the past few decades.

Close to 5 million Americans are considered to be at a risk for heart failure. This is often a collection of symptoms including shortness of breath, fluid retention and exercise intolerance. These are the symptoms that occur when the heart is impaired.

Scientists have identified two types of heart failure with the help of the echocardiogram. One is the kind where the heart has a reduced pumping function, called as systolic heart failure and the other is when the heart has a reduced relaxing function, called diastolic heart failure.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic led by Margaret Redfield, looked at 4,596 patients diagnosed with heart failure at the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Minnesota between 1987 and 2001. The results of the research have been published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was found that during those years, the number of patients with diastolic heart failure rose from 38 to 54 percent and the prevalence of diseases that cause diastolic heart failure, such as hypertension and diabetes, increased as well.

Redfield attributed this to the many new therapies for systolic heart failure, including drugs, devices, and surgical procedures. She suggested that equal effort be focused on solutions for the diastolic half of the heart failure epidemic.


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If we are not eating properly and not doing exercise regularly then we can feel very tired and weak and it leads us to heart failure. Being overworked or depressed can make a person tired or give them a general feeling of weakness and even lack of concentration is the sign of HF. There are a few physical signs that may indicate Heart Failure. Fluid retention, which causes weight gain and possible swelling of the feet, ankles, or even abdomen, is associated with the disease. Another physical sign is bulging of the neck veins. These all are sign of heart failure and now a days it happens most of the time.

syras Friday, October 8, 2010

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