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How to take care of your heart and prevent Heart Failure

Heart failure is also known as congestive heart failure which is basically caused when the heart muscle doesn’t pump blood with its full capacity. Sometimes it causes fluid buildup in the lungs that further causes shortness of breath. There are several heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, and high blood pressure that make the heart weak due to which it is not able to pump blood properly. Heart failure is often misunderstood by heart-stopping, though it is basically a heart condition in which the heart is unable to pump the blood properly. It is more common than one might think and old age people are at greater risk of heart failure than young adults. Women that suffer from chronic hypertension are susceptible to heart failure. They also suffer from fatigue and shortness of breath after doing a little strenuous work. Regular walk, exercise, yoga, a properly balanced diet, and change in lifestyle help to prevent heart failure. Our heart beats continually in order to provide nutrition and oxygen to all parts of the body therefore it is our responsibility that we take care of it by making it strong enough to beat without stress.


Heat failure usually doesn’t occur suddenly, it takes duration of time. The symptoms are usually mild and people do not take note of it. But these are signs and signals of heart failure. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness after doing a little work
  • Shortness of breath and uneasiness
  • Rapid weight gain due to fat buildup
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Swelling in legs, ankles, and feet
  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty in concentration

Conditions that lead to heart failure

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Inflammation heart muscles
  • Abnormal heart rhythm or heart arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Side effects from certain medications
  • Blood clots in lungs

Ways to Prevent Heart Failure

Minor adjustments in lifestyle play a vital role in the prevention of heart failure. Mostly, people with a sedentary lifestyle, limited body movement, bad eating habits that include packed food, junk food, spicy and fat-rich food are more likely to have heart failure. Lifestyle adjustments such as people who smoke a lot should quit smoking gradually. People who suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure should take medications on time, take a balanced meal, avoid fatty food, and must exercise regularly. Further, changing in eating habits and high fiber, protein-rich, a well-balanced nutritious diet helps in maintaining good heart health. People suffering from obesity, sudden weight gain, or fluctuation in weight are at a greater risk of having heart failure therefore, one must maintain a healthy weight by having a balanced diet and doing exercise. Further, stress is another reason that causes irregular heartbeat and causes sudden stress to the heart due to which heart beats very fast due to which the heart muscles get weak and the heart is unable to pump properly. Rukmani  Birla hospital is a multi-specialty hospital that provides the world-class treatment. It is recognized as one of the best cardiac hospitals in Jaipur. We have the best cardiac surgeon in Jaipur who are specialized and have the experience to provide the best healthcare.   For any health-related problem or query contact RBH hospital and be assured of your health.

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