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7 Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

Heart failure is a situation in which the heart is unable to pump blood or circulate enough blood for the body’s needs. This does not mean the heart has stopped functioning, just that its ability has been weakened. The weakened ability of the heart to pump causes blood and fluid to back up into the lungs, resulting in tiredness and shortness of breath. Heart failure has several causes which can be due to coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and hypertension. Congestive heart failure is more common in older adults, and the chances of survival depend on the severity of the symptoms.

Below are 7 treatments of congestive heart failure:

Diuretic Therapy

This is a process of getting the body to get rid of excess fluid. One of the symptoms of congestive heart failure is the swelling of the ankles, legs, and abdomen due to fluid retention in the body. The ventricles which are the primary pumping chambers of the earth cannot contract and relax as they should do; this leads to fluid retention. Diuretics will help get rid of unnecessary water and salt that has built up, making it easier for the heart to pump. Several types of diuretics are Bumetanide(Bumex), Furosemide, Ethacrynic Acid, Potassium-sparing diuretics, Torasemide, Amiloride, etc. Note that diuretics come with side effects. Endeavor to get back to your doctor if the side effects are getting more serious. [1]