Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is weakened and
unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Many things
can cause heart failure, but the most common causes are diseases
that damage the heart. These include coronary heart disease (CHD),
also called coronary artery disease; high blood pressure; and
Heart failure usually develops gradually. According to the
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the most common symptoms
Symptoms usually grow worse as the condition becomes more
Early treatment for heart failure typically involves lifestyle
changes, such as losing excess weight and eating a heart-healthy
diet, and medications to treat the underlying causes and manage
In more severe cases, some people may develop arrhythmias, or
irregular heart beats. For these patients, more advanced treatment
options, including the placement of pacing and defibrillating
devices, may be recommended.
On staff at Baptist Cardiovascular Services are cardiologists
who are board certified in electrophysiology, a subsection of
cardiology focusing on treating heart arrhythmias. For the care of
patients diagnosed with arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) or
heart failure, Baptist provides a variety of treatment options.
These range from advanced electrophysiology for the placement of
pacemakers and defibrillators to highly specialized intracardiac
(within the heart) procedures.
Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
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