Congestive Heart Failure: 5 Strategies For Prevention

Emergency Sign over a Hospital Emergency Room Entrance
Emergency Sign over a Hospital Emergency Room Entrance

The label ‘failure’ is a bit misleading. Congestive heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped working. Instead, it means that the heart muscle has lost its ability to contract vigorously over time, and the ability to fill with blood properly has become compromised. If this is the case, when the body puts a demand on the heart it can’t keep up. The heart fills with blood, but the blood cannot be pumped out fast enough. Then the heart blood backs up, or becomes congested. Complications arise when oxygenated blood cannot reach vital organs. Oxygen therapy is then recommended by physicians. Below are some ways to help prevent congestive heart failure.


Combine Weight-loss With Exercise

This is a common recommendation, because many at risk for heart ailments are compromised due to being overweight and lack of conditioning. Excess weight stresses the heart and a sedentary lifestyle lowers cardiac strength, making a combination that can be very detrimental. Losing weight needs to be combined with an exercise program. A program means a plan to do certain forms of exercise every day with goals to advance conditioning.


Lower Alcohol Consumption

Unlike smoking, alcohol consumption is very acceptable today, and drinks are usually offered immediately upon social engagement. Bars are the place to congregate for business and for pleasure. It is common to compare oneself with those who have ‘alcohol problems’, such as addiction, and feel safe about amounts consumed. However, steady drinking is all it takes to damage the heart muscle, leading to heart failure.

Prevent or Control Diabetes

Diabetes Type 2 is a huge contributor to heart disease of every kind. It is also one of the most controllable and preventable of conditions. Generally, Type 2 diabetes results from obesity and lack of conditioning, as well as certain predisposing factors, such as an apple body shape and genetic history.


Studies show that drastic lifestyle changes are the best way to seriously control or avoid diabetes and the congestive heart failure that can result from a diabetes 2 diagnosis. Meals will include a low-carb eating plan and physical training needs to be programmed and regular. The solution sounds a bit intense, but certainly less difficult than heart failure.


Treat and Control High Blood Pressure

Conditions that often go unnoticed, such as high blood pressure, lead to heart damage and eventual failure. No one simply has a ‘little’ high blood pressure. It is imperative to get tight control of a silent issue like this, because it eventually causes debility and untimely death. Blood pressure should be monitored and medication plus conditioning implemented to lower it if need be.


Long-term Prevention

Although statin drugs have recently gotten a bad rap, research claims that long-term use for those with coronary artery disease prevents blockages and heart attacks. These events injure the heart and compromise its function. Congestive heart failure can often impede one’s ability to breathe easily and put more stress on the heart. Using oxygen therapy, like the products offered at Corner Home Medical, can help ease the amount of work your heart has to do.


Congestive heart failure is a serious condition, but it is very preventable with proper strategies.