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BY DR. BRETT J. ELIUK, Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare
Are you among the five million Americans who have heart failure? This common, yet often undiagnosed, condition occurs when a person’s heart muscles
weaken. They slowly lose the ability to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure causes more hospital stays than all forms of cancer combined. Every year, 670,000 new heart failure patients are diagnosed in the United States.
Is my heart healthy?
To find out if you’re at risk for heart disease, visit learnyourrisk.com. Take Bronson’s Online Heart Risk Assess- ment. It’s free and confidential. You will get a tailored report of your heart disease risk in just 10 minutes.
How do I know if I am at risk for heart failure?
Even one risk factor can result in heart failure. Having many risk factors only increases your chance. Risk factors include:
• High blood pressure
• Heart attack
• Damage to the heart valves or history
of a heart murmur
• Enlarged heart
• Family history of enlarged heart
• Diabetes
• Lung disease
• Infection of the heart muscle
• Drinking too much alcohol
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
Heart failure usually develops slow- ly and is a chronic, long-term condition. However, sometimes the symptoms can develop quickly. Some of the signs and symptoms are:
• Breathing problems: shortness of
breath from walking stairs or simple activities, trouble breathing when resting or lying down, waking up breathless or needing more than two pillows to sleep.
• Fatigue/exercise problems: tiring easily, swelling of feet, ankles or legs and general feeling of fatigue.
• Coughing: frequent coughing, cough- ing that produces mucus or blood, or dry, hacking cough when lying flat.
How is heart failure treated?
Heart failure is a chronic disease that needs lifelong management. Howev- er, with treatment, a heart can become stronger. Symptoms of heart failure can also improve. The first line of treatment for heart failure consists of medicines taken daily, lifestyle changes and careful monitoring.
When should I call my healthcare provider?
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the signs or symptoms as- sociated with heart failure. You should also call if your diagnosed heart failure symptoms change.
Call 911 right away or go to the emer- gency room if you have any of the fol- lowing problems:
• Breathing problems
• Chest pain, tightness or heaviness
• Confusion or trouble thinking clearly
Choose Bronson Heart & Vascular for your heart care.
When it comes to your heart, you de- serve the very best. You and your family can feel confident that at Bronson, you will receive outstanding heart care.
Bronson Heart & Vascular is a com- prehensive, regional collaboration for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular condi- tions. A multidisciplinary team of adult and pediatric cardiovascular physicians, four hospitals and supporting services deliver an advanced, seamless contin- uum of care for patients throughout southwest and south central Michigan. Specialties include minimally invasive valve replacement, electrophysiology, peripheral vascular procedures, thoracic procedures, and endovascular procedures.
For information about heart care or to find a heart doctor, visit bron- sonhealth.com/heart or call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723 or (800) 451-6310.
Now Accepting Cardiology Patients
Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare
363 Fremont St., Suite 200, Battle Creek
(269) 373-1222
Brett J. Eliuk, DO, FACC, FACOI, is board certified in inter- nal medicine. He sees patients in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Allegan and Paw Paw.
Are you at Risk for Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a chronic disease that needs lifelong management. However, with treatment, a heart can become stronger.
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