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October 24, 2017

Heart (or cardiac) failure is a condition when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s need. It means that either the heart can’t fill with enough blood or pump with enough force, or both. A lot of underlying heart problems can result in heart failure. Pre existing conditions like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart valve diseases like aortic regurgitation gradually weaken the heart leaving it weak and stiff. This reduces the efficiency of the heart pump. Many conditions that lead to failure cannot be reversed. In some cases the problem maybe treated. Available drugs can be used to improve survival by improving the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Exercise, reducing weight, reducing salt intake, managing stress measures to alter the way one lives help in improving quality of life by reducing fluid buildup. It is important to aggressively prevent or control risk factors. Coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, high cholesterol levels need to be targeted.

What is Heart failure?

Heart failure occurs as the heart action grows weaker with time due to underlying problems. It can affect the right side, the left side or both of the heart. The left sided failure is more common. The heart being unable to pump oxygen and nutrition enriched blood to the rest of the body. In right sided failure t