With congestive heart failure, your heart doesn’t pump blood as effectively as it should. Left untreated, congestive heart failure can be life-threatening. At BKLYNCardio in Brooklyn, New York, interventional cardiologist Matthew Jones, MD, specializes in treating congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
Congestive heart failure, also known as heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump enough blood to vital organs in your body. Your heart hasn’t stopped working, but it’s not working as effectively as it should. Heart failure can affect one or both sides of your heart and is dangerous if left untreated.
Various medical issues can lead to congestive heart failure, including:
Risk factors for congestive heart failure include age, poor dietary habits, being overweight or obese, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. In addition, men have higher rates of congestive heart failure than women, and African-Americans are more likely to develop the condition.
You might experience the following symptoms associated with congestive heart failure:
Complications that can arise from untreated heart failure include kidney damage or failure, liver damage, heart valve problems, abnormal heart rhythms, or early death.
Dr. Jones uses various methods to diagnose congestive heart failure. During your consultation, he may:
Using these and other diagnostic methods, Dr. Jones creates a customized treatment plan that best matches your needs.
Your treatment depends on the severity of your heart failure and might include:
In severe cases, Dr. Jones might recommend a heart transplant.
Some contributing factors to heart failure cannot be controlled. However, other variables that can lead to or worsen heart failure can be addressed. You can reduce your risk of developing congestive heart failure by adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as:
If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure or have worrisome symptoms, schedule an appointment with the experienced team at BKLYNCardio today by calling or using the online booking tool.