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The Causes Of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

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When some people think of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), they think of death. Although, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a disease of the heart muscle, which is weakened; it does not have to mean death for the patient. With today’s technology there is treatment which can help the patient maintain an active and healthy life. The goal of this research paper is to inform the reader of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and quality of life when diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).
First, as with any medical condition or disease, there are always symptoms. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is not any different. There are several symptoms related to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). To begin, a person can have trouble
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There are multiple tests to be conducted for proper diagnoses. The physician will order blood work to be drawn and evaluated. When a patient has Congestive Heart Failure there will be an elevated level of B-type Natriuretic Peptide which is 32 amino acid showing near the ventricles of the heart due to the heart muscle stretching obsessively. The physician may also order chest x-ray or an echocardiogram. The echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This test will show if the heart muscle is enlarged due to the excessive stretching. The echocardiogram will also determine how weak the muscle is by measuring the squeeze of the left ventricle. Lastly, there may be a catheterization of the heart. This test is conducted by entering the main artery of the groin leading to the heart. Dye is injected so that a visual of the arteries to the heart can be clearly seen. This procedure makes the physician aware if there is any blockage in any the arteries to the heart to determine or rule out if blockage may be the cause of the Congestive Heart Failure…show more content…
Lasik and Spironolactone are both diuretic medications which help kidneys remove sodium and water from the body which are passed out through the urine. These medications taken daily will reduce the amount of fluids retained in the body. Also, reducing the amount of fluids and sodium the patient consumes daily will assist in controlling fluid retention. A person should not consume any more than 2000 mg of sodium daily, and they should not consume any more than 64 oz per day in fluids. To keep track of an accurate count of both the sodium and fluid intake, the information should be recorded daily on a calendar. The patient should also take an account of their weight every day, with limited clothing, using the same scale each day. This information should also be recorded daily on a calendar. If the patient notices their weight increasing by gaining 2-3 lbs in a week, they should contact their healthcare provider and make them aware as they may require an increase in the diuretic medication. There may also be instances when the patient has retained too much fluid in the body, which will cause swelling and shortness of breath. When the fluid retention has become so severe, and cannot be controlled by the medications prescribed, their physician may admit the patient into the hospital to have diuretic medication administered by IV. In some patients with Congestive Heart
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