Congestive Heart Failure Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a major health problem in the United States, affecting more than five million people. Though not reversible, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists can design a CHF treatment plan that improves your quality of life and prevents further damage to your heart. To schedule an appointment with the patient-centered team, call the office in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan, or book online today.

Congestive Heart Failure Q & A

What is congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure or CHF means your heart isn’t pumping as well as it should because the muscle is stiff or weak. 

Underlying health conditions, such as hypertension or coronary artery disease, may increase stress and strain on your heart muscle. Over time, the strain on your heart damages and weakens the muscle, which affects the pumping chambers and your heart’s ability to pump blood to the rest of your body.

Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition that worsens over time. But with care from the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, you can manage your CHF and live a healthy and active life. 

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Symptoms of congestive heart failure may be acute or an ongoing problem. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue, tiredness, or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs or abdomen
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Arrhythmia (rapid or irregular heartbeat)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea

You may also experience chest pain if a heart attack caused your CHF. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of CHF, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists can help. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you think you’re having a heart attack. 

What causes congestive heart failure?

There are many conditions that may weaken or damage your heart and cause congestive heart failure. In addition to hypertension and coronary artery disease, CHF may develop from:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Faulty heart valves
  • Heart defects
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorder (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism)

CHF may also increase your risk of developing other health complications such as liver damage or kidney disease. 

How is congestive heart failure treated?

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists takes a patient-centered approach to the treatment of CHF. 

The specifics of your treatment plan may depend on the underlying cause of your heart failure, your overall health, and the severity of your condition and symptoms. Some of the treatment options include disease-specific medications or placement of a pacemaker or defibrillator.

The cardiovascular specialists also encourage lifestyle changes to improve heart health, such as weight loss, a heart-healthy diet, and smoking cessation. 

Congestive heart failure requires big treatment. For comprehensive, patient-centered care, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.