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Congestive Heart Failure: More Common & More Serious Than You Think

June 19, 2016

Congestive heart failure affects one in five people and one in nine will die from it. It’s the condition that took the life of Nancy Reagan. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiologist Dr. Sam Daya discusses and answers questions about congestive heart failure.

NOTE: We experienced technical difficulties in the recording of this HealthConnection segment. We apologize for the instances of distorted audio that appear in this video.


Questions:

  1. What is congestive heart failure and what causes it?
  2. What are some of the misconceptions that people have about congestive heart failure?
  3. Are some people at greater risk for developing congestive heart failure?
  4. What are the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure?
  5. How do you diagnose congestive heart failure?
  6. How do you treat congestive heart failure and how effective is the treatment?
  7. You mentioned earlier a "weak heart." Can a weak heart be strengthened and restored to normal function?
  8. The FDA recently approved a device that monitors congestive heart failure and sends information directly to the physician. Is this a valuable tool in caring for a patient with congestive heart failure?
  9. The Centers for Disease Contol just released a report showing a surprising increase in heart-failure related deaths after over 10 years of steady decline. What is causing the increase?
  10. If you detect and treat congestive heart failure early, can you expect a better outcome for the patient?
  11. What does the future hold for someone diagnosed with congestive heart failure?
  12. What steps can be taken to avoid congestive heart failure in the first place? And when should we talk to our doctors about any concerns we may have about congestive heart failure?

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