February 9-15 is Heart Failure Awareness Week!
Congestive Heart Failure occurs when the heart doesn’t pump blood the way it should, and there are more than 200,000 cases of it every year in the US.
The good news is, according to the CDC, 80% of cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, are preventable by reducing the risk factors.
In honor of Heart Failure Awareness Week, we’re raising awareness about the symptoms and risk factors of heart failure, as well as ways you can prevent it.
Sings and Risks
The risk factors for heart failure are:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Sleep apnea
- Alcohol use
- Tobacco use
The symptoms of heart failure may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness and fatigue
- Irregular heartbeat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs
- Inability to exercise
- Constant cough or wheezing
- Rapid weight gain and fluid retention
- Lack of appetite and nausea
- Decreased alertness
- Chest pain
You can prevent heart failure by not smoking, staying physically active, controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress.
We’re at the heart of it
At Kyle ER & Hospital, we are equipped to handle any medical issues, no matter how small or severe. From testing for diabetes and checking your blood pressure, to treating chest pains, heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, blood clots, and more, we have you covered!
If you or a loved one are concerned that you might be at risk of developing heart disease, visit our facility today at 5615 Kyle Center Drive. Our staff is available 24/7, 365, to give you the quick and compassionate care you deserve.
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