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Healthy Life: Women and Heart Failure

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As seen on the KCRG TV-9 News July 17, 2012:

CAUSES OF CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE: Congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs, is caused by 3 kinds of diseases:
1) Diseases that weaken the heart muscle
2) Diseases that cause stiffening of the heart muscles
3) Diseases that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the capability of the heart to deliver adequate oxygen-rich blood
These include diseases like heart disease, hypertension, hemochromatosis, amyloidosis, hyperthyroidism, and anemia. (Source: Medicine Net)

TREATMENT SURGERIES AND DEVICES: Patients can opt for heart valve repair or replacement to treat the underlying conditions that led to congestive heart failure, coronary bypass surgery if the disease results from severely narrowed coronary arteries, a heart transplant, or a myectomy when medication no longer relieves symptoms (a myectomy is the removal of overgrown septal muscle in the heart to decrease blockage). Three commonly used treatment devices are the ventricular assist device (VAD), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device (biventricular cardiac pacemaker), and internal cardiac defibrillator. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
EXERCISE REHAB FOR WOMEN: Many women are recommended to enter a cardiac rehabilitation program after their first heart attack, often engaging in exercises like walking on a treadmill, riding an exercise bicycle or lifting light weights to build muscle. These treatments help strengthen the heart muscle without placing too much strain that could trigger a cardiac event. It would be beneficial to exercise this way to prevent heart attacks from happening in the first place. (Source: Live Strong)

NUTRITION FOR PREVENTION: When tailoring your diet to prevent congestive heart failure, avoid or limit alcohol to one drink two or three times a week, avoid or limit caffeine, and eat a low-fat, low-sodium diet. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

? For More Information, Contact:
Noel Lloyd
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
(410) 601- 5026.