Persistent pain from taking LIPITOR ...taken Nexium, also antacid to reduce the intolerable heartburn, stomach and chest pain...still having pain although stopped taking LIPITOR today. Last dose was ...
You will feel very fatigued, shortness of breath, increase of heart rate, hypertensive, edema and extra fluids may cause heart failure. Heart will enlarge to compensate for this. .
This Patient Guide is written for the loved ones of heart patients who are dealing with the short-term stress that comes with a test, procedure or recent diagnosis of heart disease. It explains why support is so important to a loved one with heart disease. It also offers practical strategies on how to support a loved one while also taking care of yourself.
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Learning About Heart Failure
Learning to live with heart failure may be easier if you understand what's happening inside the body. This section explains what happens when someone develops heart failure.
Heart failure can involve the heart's left side, right side or both sides. However, it usually affects the left side first. Each side is made up of two chambers: the atrium, or upper chamber; and the ventricle, or lower chamber. The atrium receives blood into the heart, and the ventricle pumps it where it needs to go. Heart failure occurs when any of these chambers lose their ability to keep up with the amount of blood flow.
What is left-sided heart failure?
Left-sided or left ventricular (LV) heart failure involves the heart's left ventricle (lower chamber). Oxygen-rich blood travels from the lungs to the left atrium, then on to the left ventricle, which pumps it to the rest of the body. Because this chamber supplies most of the heart's pumping power, it's larger than the others and essential for normal function.
If the left ventricle loses its ability to contract normally (called systolic failure), the heart can't pump with enough force to push enough blood into circulation. If the ventricle loses its ability to relax normally (diastolic failure) because the muscle has become stiff, the heart can't properly fill with blood during the resting period between each beat. This is an important distinction because the drug treatments for each type of failure are different.
In either case, blood coming into the left chamber from the lungs may "back up," causing fluid to leak into the lungs. (The technical term for this is pulmonary edema.) Also, as the heart's ability to pump decreases, blood flow slows down, causing fluid to build up in tissues throughout the body (edema). This excess fluid or congestion explains the term congestive heart failure, which you've probably heard before.
You will generally develope a restrictive defect and therefore volumes and capacities will fall as your lung fills with water. Eventually the right heart will fail also and you will develope progressive swelling of the legs and abdomen.