What is chronic heart failure?
Chronic heart failure occurs when your heart is unable to supply enough blood for the body’s needs. This can be either because the heart chambers do not properly fill up with blood or because the heart becomes too weak to pump blood with enough force.
Heart failure can be caused over time by other conditions like:
- Coronary artery disease
- Ischaemic Heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart valve disease
In some cases, heart failure is caused due to birth defects too.
As the pumping ability of the heart reduces, the body:
- Holds on to salt and water to increase amount of blood which you see as oedema/swelling
- Increases heart rate which you feel as breathlessness
- Increases size of the heart
Classic heart failure symptoms are:
- Breathlessness at rest, while lying down and after exercise
- Swelling in legs, feet, abdomen and neck
- Coughing frequently
Common diagnostic tests
Stress test: A stress test shows how your heart works during intense activities. It involves:
- 15-minute walk on treadmill: If you have heart failure you might be unable to complete the 15-minute walk without breathlessness.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) at rest and after walk: If you have heart failure, your ECG will be abnormal.
Chest X-ray: In heart failure, the heart is enlarged which can be clearly seen in an X-ray.
Blood tests: A blood test to positive for a chemical called N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) shows heart failure.
Complications of chronic heart failure
Reduced blood flow, increased pressure, fluid buildup and an increased risk of developing blood clots can lead to complications like:
- Kidney failure
- Heart valve problems
- Liver damage
- Stroke (blood clot blocking flow of blood in the brain)
Basics of managing heart failure
Heart failure cannot be completely cured; however, the severity of symptoms can reduce if proper treatment is taken. Some important tips for managing heart failure are:
- Restrict intake of all types of fluids like water, juices, soups, etc.
- Use less fat and salt in your cooking.
- Sleep with your head propped up on a pillow at 45-degree angle to avoid shortness of breath.
Treatment at Madhavbaug™
At Madhavbaug™, we have designed three therapies for heart failure, according to the severity of the disease. Our ideology – “Whatever it takes” is a promise of doing everything possible to provide the best care to our patients. So, the therapies for heart failure combine the best of modern diagnostics, Ayurveda principles, diet and physiotherapy. This ensures your symptoms are reduced and you are able to live a productive life with less fear of complications.
|Heart Failure Reversal Therapy programmes||No. of sittings||Duration||Core treatment||Follow-up|
|Heart Failure Reversal Therapy programme 1||7||4 weeks (twice a week)||SHS||3-year Follow-up Plan available||Buy Online|
|Heart Failure Reversal Therapy programme 2||14||7 weeks (twice a week)||SHS||3-year Follow-up Plan available||Buy Online|
|Heart Failure Reversal Therapy programme 3||21||14 weeks (first 14 twice a week and followed by once a week)||SHS||3-year Follow-up Plan available||Buy Online|