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Heart Failure in India: Early Diagnosis and Public Awareness is Need of an Hour

2 Jul 2017
Dr. MS Hiremath, Director Cathlab Ruby Hall highlights the growing incidence of heart failure in India, especially amongst the younger population and emphasizes on increasing public awareness about this condition in India. Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently.

Dr. Shirish Hiremath feels that there is need for early diagnosis and treatment to arrest the progression of this devastating condition specially because of changing lifestyles amongst young. One way to prevent heart failure is to control conditions that cause heart failure, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity.

Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles and feet
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
  • Increased need to urinate at night
  • Swelling of your abdomen (ascites)
  • Sudden weight gain from fluid retention
  • Lack of appetite and nausea
  • Difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
  • Sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus
  • Chest pain if your heart failure is caused by a heart attack
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