Heart failure - or congestive heart failure - is a condition that develops over time as the pumping of the heart gets weaker.
It is a dangerous condition in which the heart can no longer keep up with the demands of the body. Although the term itself suggests that the heart has suddenly and completely ceased to function, heart failure often develops gradually and without obvious symptoms.
Leader in Management of Heart Failure
Memorial Hermann is a leader in the management and diagnosis of heart failure, especially in the case of more complex disease. With appropriate medical and surgical intervention and healthy lifestyle habits, patients with heart failure can continue to live full and productive lives.
What Causes Heart Failure?
In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, it can't send blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Sometimes both problems occur. Ultimately, this means the body is not getting the right amount of blood and oxygen it needs to work properly.
Risks Factors for Heart Failure
Adults over the age of 40 have a one-in-five chance of developing advanced heart failure in their lifetimes, with certain risk factors like high blood pressure and coronary artery disease contributing to an increased risk of the condition.
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