Heart failure can lead to serious events like heart attacks and requires prompt, expert care. If you're suffering from heart failure, double board-certified cardiovascular specialist Anu Chirala, MD, FACC, at South Bay Cardiovascular Center in Morgan Hill, California, can help. Dr. Chirala has considerable experience in assessing and treating patients with heart failure, so call South Bay Cardiovascular Center to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Congestive heart failure (CHF), is a cardiac condition that develops because your heart muscle can't pump blood as effectively as it should. There are various symptoms that might be signs of heart failure, including:
To diagnose your symptoms, Dr. Chirala performs a physical examination, checks your medical history, and discusses your symptoms with you. You might also need to undergo a cardiac testing procedure such as a transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiogram.
Chronic heart failure is likely to result from coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD develops when a substance called plaque forms from cholesterol and other debris in your blood. The plaque sticks to the inside of your artery walls, leaving insufficient space for the blood to flow.
Other possible causes of heart failure include:
Your risk of heart failure is higher if you smoke, drink alcohol to excess, or have a chronic condition like diabetes, HIV, or thyroid disease.
Heart failure sometimes happens suddenly from a cardiac infection, allergic reaction, pulmonary embolism, or medication side effects.
Depending on the severity of your heart failure, you may need medication. These might include:
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with an implantable biventricular pacemaker can help regulate your heart's electrical activity. Other devices that can treat heart failure include implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) and ventricular assist devices (VAD).
If your heart failure is severe enough to require bypass surgery or a heart transplant, Dr. Chirala can perform your preoperative clearance process to ensure you're suitable and ready for surgery.
For expert diagnosis and care when you have heart failure, call South Bay Cardiovascular Center or book an appointment online today.