Complications Nearly 290,000 people die from heart failure each year. Nevertheless, although heart failure produces very high mortality rates, treatment advances are improving survival rates. Cardiac Cachexia. If patients with heart failure are overweight to begin with, their condition tends to be more severe. Once heart failure develops, however, an important indicator of a worsening condition is the occurrence of cardiac cachexia , which is unintentional rapid weight loss (a loss of at least 7.5% of normal weight within 6 months). Impaired Kidney Function. Heart failure weakens the hearts ability to pump blood. This can affect other parts of the body including the kidneys (which in turn can lead to fluid build-up). Decreased kidney function is common in patients with heart failure, both as a complication of heart failure and other diseases associated with heart failure (such as diabetes). Studies suggest that, in patients with heart failure, impaired kidney function increases the risks ...
As mentioned in a previous post, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease , patients with RA have a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke and a shorter life expectancy as compared to the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis may cause the the outer lining of the heart to swell ( pericarditis ) and cause heart complications. Inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis , can also develop. Both of these conditions can lead to congestive heart failure (weakening of the heart’s pumping ability) which is more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis.
What is Congestive Heart Failure (also known simply as Heart Failure)?
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) shares key points related to heart failure :
* Heart failure is a condition in which your heart can't pump blood the way it should. In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can't send blood to the rest of the body with ...
Not really. In fact, heart failure is newly diagnosed in more than half a million Americans per year and may be somewhat different for men and women. Most of the time, a physician can make the diagnosis on the basis of symptoms given by the patient. On some occasions, however, it is more difficult to make this diagnosis if there are other problems such as lung disease (asthma, emphysema) present. First, the symptoms: • Fatigue • Shortness of breath on exertion • Diminished capacity to exercise • Heavy, swollen legs Second, the signs: • Abnormal heart sounds or heart rhythms • Abnormal lung sounds • Evidence for fluid in the ankles
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