Heart failure – Causes
What causes heart failure?
Heart failure is often a consequence of a number of medical issues that impact on the heart at the same time, these medical issues include
1) Coronary heart disease or CHD. CHD is where there is a accumulation or build up of fatty substances on the insides of arteries that specifically supply blood to the heart itself and this build up of fatty substances obstructs blood flow to this vital organ, it can cause angina or a heart attack.
2) Elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure places an increased burden on the bodies organs including the heart if high blood pressure is left unchecked this can either contribute or lead to heart failure
3) Cardiomyopathy this is a term that is generally used to describe diseases that affect heart muscle which then result in the different sections of the heart either stretched, thickened or overly stiff, the consequence of this is that there is a reduced capacity to be able to pump blood around the body Therefore this is a clear risk factor for heart failure.
4) There are situations where the valves of the heart become damaged or defective which then alters the ability of the heart to do its job.
5) Finally lets look at congenital heart disease. The word congenital relates to a spectrum of birth defects that impact on the correct function of the heart.
There are other factors that can result in heart failure such as Bohemian, consuming alcohol to excess, overactive thyroid, or pulmonary hypertension which is excessively high blood pressure in vessels that provide oxygen to the lungs.