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Heart failure (heart failure)

How Avi Medical can help you with heart failure

More than ten percent of all people over the age of sixty will suffer from heart failure in their lifetime. Those affected often struggle with the consequences for a long time. Ultimately, if left untreated, the disease can lead to a number of serious complications such as cardiac arrhythmias, kidney damage or strokes. However, you can avoid this unfavorable prognosis with comprehensive therapy - our experienced doctors will accompany you at all of our locations.

What is heart failure?

The clinical picture of heart failure refers to an age-related reduced pumping function of the heart. The consequences: Other organs such as the kidneys or stomach can no longer receive an adequate blood supply and are therefore impaired in their work.

In addition, blood gradually builds up in your body - for example in the veins or lungs. If this condition remains unchanged, the liquid portions of the blood will eventually reach the surrounding tissue. This sometimes causes painful edema, such as water retention in the legs caused by gravity.

When does it become heart failure?

Heart failure is diagnosed by an enlargement of the heart muscle that can be seen on ultrasound. The diseased organ tries to compensate for its reduced pumping ability. Depending on which chamber of the heart is affected, a diagnosis is referred to as left, right or global insufficiency. Heart failure is further divided into different stages, which are based on the frequency of your symptoms (i.e. do they occur when you are at rest or only when you are under stress).  

What are the triggers of heart failure?

The development of heart failure can be triggered by a variety of other clinical pictures. These include:

What are possible symptoms of heart failure?  ;

You can recognize heart failure by the following typical symptoms:

  • reduced physical resilience
  • urination at night (due to water retention in the tissue that is excreted by the kidneys at night)
  • strong heart palpitations and even cardiac arrhythmias

Left ventricular failure is also characterized by the following specific symptoms:

  • cognitive impairments
  • kidney damage
  • difficult or accelerated breathing (due to fluid accumulation in the lungs )
  • Paleness
  • Coughing fits

A Right heart failure< /strong> is conspicuous by the following special symptoms:

  • Leg edema
  • Liver damage
  • Stomach damage

Good to know: In most cases, the clinical picture of heart failure combines symptoms from both sides of the heart.  

The treatment of heart failure at Avi Medical

For us at Avi Medical, the successful treatment of your heart failure consists of the combination of two components. These are: avoiding risk factors and targeted therapy for your underlying disease.

Specifically, this includes:

  • long-term measures to lower blood pressure (through advice on lifestyle changes or medication)
  • the diagnosis of any existing heart valve defects including referral with the aim of surgical therapy
  • the prevention or treatment of existing arteriosclerosis
  • special vaccinations (pneumococcus, influenca)
  • in the event that your heart failure is already very advanced: referral to hospital with the aim of invasive therapies (pacemaker, bypass or heart transplant)