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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Heart failure happens when blood isn't pumped well enough in your body This is a long term problem that is treated with good diet, exercise, and properly taking prescribed medications. Heart Failure Causes High Blood Pressure: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Heart Attack: Diabetes: Signs of Heart Failure - Difficult breathing when exercising or laying on your back -Feeling lightheaded - Cough that wont go away - Swelling in the legs or feet - Fast weight gain double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. Treatment Lowering fluid in the body makes it easier for the heart to pump blood and the lungsto breathe. double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. Take your medications as prescribed! ACE Inhibitors: The heart works extra hard trying to pump blood through the body Cholesterol and fat sticks to blood vessels making it harder for the heart to get blood and oxygen Happens when a blood vessel gets blocked and the heart can't get oxygen damaging the heart muscle High blood sugar allows more fat into the blood that clogs blood vessels -It's important to continue taking your medication and to contact your healthcare provider if you cannot These pills relax the blood vessels letting bloodflow more easily through the body These pills remove extra fluid in the body, causing you to urinate more. Less fluids allows the heart to pump blood and the lungs breathe better. Diuretics (water pill): Beta Blockers: These pills slow down the heart's beat and helplower blood pressure. Digitalis (Digoxin): These pills make the heart pump stronger and with a better rhythm. Lifestyle changes can improve heart condition! Diet STOP SMOKING! LIMIT ALCOHOL! Exercise Eating foods low in sodium and fat (see diet brochure) Alcohol increases the amount of fat in the blood and raises blood pressure Smoking increases blood pressure and the blood is more likely to clot Strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, stress, and reduces fat in the blood that forms clots Call 911 if.. You have SEVERE chest pain or pressure You have SEVERE chest pain or pressure You feel sweaty and sick to your stomach You feel out of breath while resting Your heart is beating very fast Your face, arm, or leg feels weak or numb Your vision is blurry or you feel dizzy You're having trouble thinking or talking You have a severe headache Do not wait for these to go away by themselves! Call 911 DO NOT drive yourself to the hospital! Seek Medical Care if.. Your weight increases by 3lbs in 1 day or 5lbs in a week Breathing is more difficult than usual There's swelling in your legs, feet, belly, or hands You're coughing more than usual, especially if it's bloody You begin to feel "jumping" or "fluttering" in your chest that moves into your arms, neck, jaw, or back Lung Disease: Makes the heart work harder than it should causing it to fail Abnormal Heart Valves: Valves inside the heart don't open and close right making the heart do extra work Heart Muscle Disease: Damage to the heart muscle from infection, drugs, or alcohol makes the heart weaker
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