7 Major Contributors to Heart Failure and What You Can Do To Prevent It
- Heart failure does not always mean that the heart stops beating entirely. It means that the heart’s function is impaired and it doesn’t beat as strong as it should because of an improper flow of blood / oxygen, a damaged muscle or a heart deformity.
- Many people think that heart failure is something that a person cannot avoid if it is going to happen. This way of thinking is anything but realistic because there are a number of conditions that contribute to heart failure and an equal amount of steps that a person can take to avoid it happening to them. Granted, there are situations where it simply can’t be avoided due to a combination of conditions.
- Likewise, many people believe that only older people are at risk for heart failure. Once again, this is far from the truth, anything that damages the heart puts people at risk for heart failure.
Here are the top seven major contributors to heart failure:
Coronary Artery Disease
This condition limits the amount of blood flow and oxygen to the heart when the arteries that supply the heart with blood have become blocked or very narrowed. The heart needs a certain amount of blood and oxygen to be able to function properly. When it’s need are not met it causes the heart to malfunction to an extreme degree, which results in heart failure.
Heart attacks happen when an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the heart becomes blocked in a very short amount of time. With a cut off in blood and oxygen the heart cannot function properly and ultimately experiences heart failure.
This is a condition that is not caused by improper blood flow or oxygen cut off. It is caused by other forms of damage to the walls of the heart either by the overuse of alcohol or by drug abuse. It can also happen when there has been a long period of high blood pressure, an exceptionally fast heart rate, heart valve problems, or metabolic issues like obesity and diabetes. Infections can also cause this condition to manifest.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be caused by a multitude of things, the first of which is stress.
When people feel stressed, their heart starts pumping fast which puts a lot of strain on it, and can damage it to an irreparable degree. Another one of the causes of high blood pressure is the use of stimulating drugs. These drugs cause the heart to beat fast which puts strain on it and many other parts of the body, namely the kidneys.
Irregular Heart Valves
When a heart valve is irregular, either stretched, stiff or blocked, it does not function properly to pump blood through a person’s body. This can cause a lack of oxygen flow to the heart, which can cause it to weaken. This ultimately progresses to what is known as heart failure.
Abnormal Heart Rhythms
An abnormal heart beat means that your heart either beats too slow or too fast, sometimes a combination of the two. This makes the heart have to work harder and, over a longer period of time, can cause the muscles and valves to weaken.
Blood clots have the potential to block off the heart valves. This can cause the heart to become starved for blood and oxygen which weakens it . This can cause heart attacks, strokes and sometimes even death.
- The best ways to avoid heart failure is to take good care of your body by making frequent trips to the doctor (one to 4 times each year).
- Eating a healthy diet that will not cause buildups in the blood stream
- Avoid the use of heart stimulating medicine / drugs