Q1) What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle has weakened and unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This may cause you to feel tired or experience shortness of breath.
Q2) What are the possible symptoms of Heart Failure?
Q3) What are the causes of Heart Failure?
Most people with heart failure are elderly; however, it often occurs because other conditions have weakened the heart muscle or made it too stiff.
Q4) Who should get regularly evaluated?
Q5) What is the progression of Heart Failure?
The New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification scale is useful in assessing the stage of this condition based on how much the patient is limited during physical activity.
Stage – 1: Can perform all physical activities without getting tired or short of breath.
Stage – 2: Gets short of breath or tired when performing more strenuous activities like walking up several flights of steps.
Stage – 3: Gets short of breath or tired when performing day-to-day activities like walking along a flat path.
Stage – 4: Feels breathless at rest and mostly housebound. Unable to carry out any physical activity without getting short of breath or tired.
Depending on your stage, you shall have to consult a heart failure specialist about the changes that you need to make in everyday life to accommodate activities like: work, social activities, driving, sex life.
Q6) Positive outlook in Heart Failure:
Q7) Managing Heart Failure via Lifestyle Changes:
1. Restricted fluid intake as per doctor advice
2. Reduce salt intake – replace it with herbs and spices
3. Eat a healthy diet – small but frequent meals
4. Quit tobacco use in all forms (cigarette, gutkha, pan masala)
5. Limit alcohol intake
6. Manage your weight or lose weight if needed
7. Be physically active – moderate-intensity exercise under doctor guidance
8. Manage stress via yoga, meditation and being around people you love
Q8) What are the treatment options for Heart Failure?
In the early stages of heart failure, symptoms are often minimal and people may not notice a significant effect on how they’re feeling. However, symptoms do progress, so it is important to proactively manage the condition via:
Q9) What is the Narayana advantage in managing Heart Failure?
• Experienced Heart failure team – Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, LVAD specialists & Trained Counsellors
• New age drug therapy and interventions
• Expertise in implantation of specialized devices like AICD, CRT-D, etc.
• Expertise in management of electro-physiological or heart rhythm problems
• Fully equipped for Heart Transplant
• Education for heart failure patients and family members through one-to-one consultation
• Healthy Heart card offering discounts on diagnostics, consultation, medications, admission, etc.