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>> Friday, May 20, 2011

OK. In this entry, I want to share a bit of my medical knowledge about HEART FAILURE, one of the commonest illness in the whole world. Hopefully the information I'm going to share will give benefits to everyone.

Heart failure is generally defined as the inability of the heart to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the needs of the body. Often termed "congestive heart failure" or CHF, this is most commonly caused when cardiac output is low and the body becomes congested with fluid. Heart failure is a common, costly, disabling, and potentially deadly condition. In developed countries, around 2% of adults suffer from heart failure, but in those over the age of 65, this increases to 6–10%.

There are many different ways to categorize heart failure, including:

a) the side of the heart involved (left heart failure vs right heart failure). Left heart failure compromises aortic flow to the body and brain. Right heart failure compromises pulmonic flow to the lungs. Mixed presentations are common, especially when the cardiac septum is involved.

b) whether the abnormality is due to insufficient contraction and/or relaxation of the heart (systolic dysfunction vs diastolic dysfunction)

c) whether the problem is primarily increased venous back pressure (behind) the heart Afterload, or failure to supply adequate arterial perfusion (in front of) the heart Preload (backward vs forward failure)


A) Rales or crackles, heard initially in the lung bases, and when severe, throughout the lung fields suggest the development of pulmonary edema (fluid in the alveoli)
B) laterally displaced apex beat (which occurs if the heart is enlarged)
C) gallop rhythm (additional heart sounds) may be heard as a marker of increased blood flow, or increased intra-cardiac pressure

a) pitting peripheral oedema
b) ascites
c) hepatomegaly
d) raised Jugular Venous Pressure
e) parasternal heave may be present


a) shortness of breath on exertion
b) orthopnoea (breathlessness on lying flat)
c) paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (a sudden nighttime attack of severe breathlessness)

a) foot and ankle swelling


a) Ischaemic heart disease
b) Cigarette smoking
c) Hypertension (high blood pressure)
d) Obesity
e) Diabetes
f) Valvular heart disease
g) Viral myocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle)
h) Infiltrations of the muscle such as amyloidosis
i) HIV cardiomyopathy (caused by human immunodeficiency virus)
j) Connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus
k) Abuse of drugs such as alcohol and cocaine
l) Pharmaceutical drugs such as chemotherapeutic agents
m) Arrhythmias

a) Echocardiography
b) Chest X-rays
c) electrocardiogram
d) Blood tests - B-type natriuretic peptide


a) Weight reduction through physical activity and dietary modification, as obesity is a risk factor for heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy
b) Sodium restriction
c) Fluid restriction
d) Medications: ACE inhibitors, β-blockers, diuretic agents, vasodilator agents, aldosterone antagonists (e.g.spironolactone)

Hopefully the above information would be helpful. So, please take care of your heart. Once they fail to work well, there's no turning back. Good heart reflects good health.. :)

8 buah komen:

Jamila Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 12:34:00 AM GMT+8  


Sky Before Pinky Monday, May 23, 2011 at 9:32:00 AM GMT+8  

Salam visit kembali.. Heart Failure.. uhm...nice info..saya tak tau sangat pasal term2 nie..tapi sedikit sebanyak dapat memberi sedikit ILMu.. thanks ya~~..

psst: travel tu..banyak gak tempat awak dah pergi ye..

sahromnasrudin Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:40:00 PM GMT+8  

trime kasih doc atas ilmu yg dititipkan ini..kami mmg tak tahu kalau tak dihuraikan

saiazuan Friday, May 27, 2011 at 3:36:00 AM GMT+8  

wow.. nk g honeymoon kt situ la.. hehe

Barrie Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 12:35:00 AM GMT+8  

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