At Regional Cardiology Associates, P.L.C., we hope to catch the signs of heart failure early. Usually called congestive heart failure, it occurs when your heart becomes congested. This literally means blood is backing up because the heart muscle is no longer able to pump effectively. This can happen because your heart is too weak or because it's too stiff.
Common causes of congestive heart failure include:
Congestive heart failure can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications, but cannot be reversed or cured. The typical treatment plan for congestive heart failure involves:
The symptoms of congestive heart failure can appear gradually over time, or they may start suddenly. Some common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:
Swelling of the feet, ankles or legs
Sudden weight gain
Shortness of breath
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Increased need to urinate at night
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see your cardiologist immediately, especially if they are worsening.
Call Regional Cardiology Associates in Grand Blanc, MI to schedule an appointment today.