Congestive heart failure isn’t a failure of the heart to work at all, it is a failure of the heart to work as efficiently as it should. It can be caused by many different conditions that sometimes work together to make the heart’s job harder. Reducing risks for a heart attack is one of the best things you can do for your heart, especially if you are already at risk for congestive heart failure (CHF).
Control Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure usually goes hand-in-hand with restricted heart function and eventual congestive heart failure. Over years of uncontrolled high blood pressure, the heart tends to weaken. This means that to pump the same amount of blood to vital areas in your body, it must work even harder. There are many reasons for high blood pressure and several ways you can help get it under control, including medication and relaxing meditation to reduce stress.
Sodium Intake and Congestive Heart Failure
Sodium, or salt, in your diet can cause you to retain water. The extra water weight makes it more difficult for the heart to work effectively. Over time, this can lead to congestive heart failure. When young, it is easier to control sodium intake or help reduce water weight through physical activity. As we age, this gets harder to do. However, it is vital when facing congestive heart failure to watch sodium intake.
It isn’t just water weight that can contribute to congestive heart failure. If you are overweight, losing the extra pounds can help your heart work more efficiently. In fact, the exercise you do to lose that weight can be just as heart healthy as changing your diet. Be sure that if you are overweight and face heart issues, that you ask your doctor if you are healthy enough to participate in rigorous activity. They may start you out on a less strenuous exercise plan.
Congestive heart failure is no joke and should be avoided at all costs. You may have to make some adjustments to your diet, your exercise routine, or even take medication to control high blood pressure. But the work you put in now to prevent congestive heart failure can pay off in the end. North Star Medical can help you assess your risk and also help you choose the best path to prevention.