Informative Speech On Heart Failure

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If you have heart failure, you are not alone. Currently, approximately 5.7 million people in the United States live with it. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons why people 65 years of age or older admitted to hospital. The development of heart failure can take years. Heart failure is called congestive heart failure when fluids accumulate in various parts of the body. So if you do not already have, but runs the risk of suffering, you should change your lifestyle now! Symptoms of heart failure usually develop over weeks and months as your heart weakens and can not pump blood your body needs. Heart failure usually results in an enlarged heart (left ventricle). Does your heart stops? When you have heart failure does not mean your heart has…show more content…
It is very important to do what your doctor tells you. When you make healthy changes, you feel better and enjoy life more! What can happen? The heart does not pump enough blood. Blood pools in the veins. It accumulates fluid, causing swelling in the feet, ankles and legs. This is called "edema". The body retains too much fluid. It accumulates fluid in the lungs, which is called "pulmonary congestion." The body does not get enough blood, nutrients and oxygen. What are the symptoms of heart failure? • Shortness of breath, especially when you lie • Feeling tired, exhaustion • cough or wheezing, especially when the person you exercise or lie • Swelling in the feet, ankles and legs • Weight gain due to retention • Confusion or lack of mental clarity What are the causes? The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease (CAD). Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart are narrowed by the buildup of fatty deposits called plaque. Other common risk factors that lead to heart failure are: Previous heart attack that has damaged the heart muscle. Cardiac birth defects. High blood pressure Heart valve disease Heart muscle

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