Congestive Heart Failure Treatment In Elderly

Congestive Heart Failure TreatmentThe type of congestive heart failure treatment depends on the cause. Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart muscle can’t pump blood to the rest of the body normally. The heart does not stop, it simply fails to do its job efficiently. If an infection is the cause, congestive heart failure treatment would include a regimen of antibiotics. In other cases, medication may be prescribed to open the blood vessels. One congestive heart failure treatment that applies regardless of the cause is eating a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and lean protein and also low in sodium. Regular physical exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are also recommended for congestive heart failure treatment.

As people get older, they are more likely to develop all kinds of illnesses including congestive heart failure. This is because many of the underlying conditions that predispose a person to congestive heart failure are also more common among the elderly. These underlying conditions include heart valve damage, heart muscle that has become weak, exposure to toxins like cocaine and alcohol, high blood pressure, or blockage of blood vessels to the heart. When a blocked blood vessel to the heart is the problem, a doctor might place a coronary stent in the artery to force it open. A stent is a spring-like device that is placed in the blood vessel and then allowed to “spring open” forcing the walls of the blood vessel to do the same. If a coronary artery is completely blocked then coronary artery bypass graft surgery is the treatment of choice. Just as in choice of treatment, congestive heart failure life expectancy varies with the underlying cause.

Congestive heart failure symptoms to watch out for include a cough that is worse when you lie down, unusual fatigue, swelling of the extremities, swelling of the abdomen, sudden weight gain, palpitations, irregular pulse and difficulty sleeping. If you have these symptoms, be sure to consult your health professional immediately regardless of your age.