Understanding congestive heart failure

middle aged man with chest pain touching inflammated zone Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. At McBowen Physician PC, Dr. Marc Bowen and his team can evaluate a patient and provide a definitive diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Once diagnosed, it is important that patients consider the treatment options available to them to manage this chronic condition and improve their quality of life over the years. It is possible to live with congestive heart failure and still enjoy day-to-day activities with the care and attention of a pulmonologist.

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Dr. Marc Bowen describes the most common symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs and feet.

What are the varieties of congestive heart failure that may be diagnosed?

There are two types of congestive heart failure: systolic and diastolic. Systolic heart failure occurs when the heart’s upper chamber (the left ventricle) cannot contract properly. Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart’s lower chamber (the right ventricle) cannot relax properly.

What can cause congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure can be caused by a variety of conditions, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. To diagnose this condition, our doctor will take your medical history, perform a physical examination, and order tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram.

How do I cure or treat congestive heart failure?

Currently, there is no cure for congestive heart failure, but there are treatments that can help improve symptoms and prolong life. These treatments may include lifestyle changes, medications, and, in some cases, surgery. Living a healthier lifestyle by exercising daily and eating right can reduce the symptoms of this condition and help patients improve their daily quality of life.

How do I learn more about congestive heart failure?

If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure or think you may have it, it is vital that you connect with a professional today. Dr. Marc Bowen of MXBowen, Physician PC, is a pulmonologist with over three decades of experience in helping patients with lung and heart conditions in the New York, NY area. Call 212-480-4062 to schedule an appointment at either location to start learning more about this condition and what can be done to manage it.

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