I need to know what they are. I've been trying to research it with not much luck. All of the descriptions are pretty vague. My mom has CHF, and I think it's getting worse.
Jun 3, '04
From my experiences the symptoms are as follows:
Sounding as if one was "under water"
P.O. <75-80% (Some)
Irregular heart sounds
If I think of more, I'll write later.
Here is some info I found. Hope it helps!
Your heart is a muscular pump which sits in your chest behind and slightly to the left of your breastbone.
A normal functioning heart is about the size of your closed fist and weights about 300 grams.
As blood circulates around the body, deoxygenated blood enters the right side of the heart. From there it is pumped to the lungs where it receives oxygen and is then delivered to the left-side of the heart.
The left-side of the heart is responsible for pumping oxygen-enriched blood around the body. Blood exits the heart via the major artery in the body called the aorta.
Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood to the body's tissues, organs and limbs.
The heart is no longer able to contract completely and can not eject sufficient blood out on each contraction to supply the body's needs.
Diagram of a normal heart
An enlarged heart
Heart failure can be caused by a number of factors including viral or bacterial infection, heart valve disease, high blood pressure or scarring of the heart muscle following a heart attack.
Heart disease kills more people in Australia than any other disease according to the Australian Heart Foundation.
The American Heart Association estimates nearly five million people in America suffer from heart failure with 550,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
An estimated 11.2 million people worldwide suffer some type of heart failure.
An estimated one million of these people enter end-stage (New York Heart Association Class IV) heart failure each year and have a life expectancy of less than one year.
Measuring heart failure
One of the most common ways to classify the different stages of heart failure is by using this table developed by the New York Heart Association.
Class I (Mild) No limit on physical activity. Ordinary physical activity does not cause discomfort, undue fatigue, palpitation or shortness of breath.
Class II (Mild) Slight limitations on physical activity. Comfortable at rest but ordinary physical activity results in fatigue, heart palpitation or shortness of breath.
Class III (Moderate) Marked limitations on physical activity. Comfortable at rest but less than ordinary activity causes fatigue, heart palpitation or shortness of breath.
Class IV (Severe) Unable to carry out
Last edit by shygirl on Jun 3, '04