Congestive heart failure occurs when the blood leaving the heart slows down, causing a backup in the blood coming to the heart. Swelling is often seen in the legs and ankles and breathing may become labored. When patients are diagnosed with congestive heart failure at Florida Hospital Ocala, they will be admitted to the heart failure unit for treatment, education and recovery.
Some causes of heart failure include:
- High blood pressure
- Leaky valve in heart
- Plaque in artery - atherosclerosis
- Coronary artery disease
- Congenital defects
- Heart muscle disease or inflammation
- Sleep apnea
- Lung disease
If you have any risk factors, you may want to speak to a specialist to learn how to reduce your risks.
According to the American Heart Association, some common ways to reduce your risk of heart failure include:
- Stop smoking
- Choose healthy foods
- Reduce sodium and moderate fluid intake
- Increase your activity level each day
- Maintain a healthy weight Reduce stress
- Manage diabetes
- Limit alcohol
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower blood sugar
When you need to know more about congestive heart failure, when you need risk assessment, or when you need treatment and rehabilitation, Florida Hospital Ocala's team of specialists is here for you.