Reversing Congestive Heart Failure

Reversing Congestive Heart Failure: A Reality For Many

Reversing congestive heart failure may seem like a dream to those who suffer from it but it is increasingly a reality for many. Historically being diagnosed with CHF meant living with a chronic, incurable condition.

As medical science continues to advance it is becoming more likely that a patient with CHF can live an active life traveling down the road of recovery.

Reversing CHF: Not A Simple Task

Reversing congestive heart failure is not a simple taking of a pill or undergoing a stock treatment. CHF is a condition that produces a number of various symptoms precisely because it is the end result of a variety of cardiovascular disorders. Being diagnosed with CHF is not sufficient.

The diagnosis must include a statement of the underlying cardiac disease(s) and the attributing causes.

For example, (and it is only an example), a person diagnosed with CHF may experience shortness of breath and a gurgling feeling in the lungs. The underlying condition might be a combination of a faulty heart valve and a weakened cardiac chamber that can no longer pump strongly enough to keep blood from backing up in the lungs. The causes of these two conditions might be unrelated requiring a combination of treatments including…

  • Diet change
  • Supplementing with natural compounds
  • Taking medication
  • Surgery

But reversing congestive heart failure may require more than this. Treatment of the underlying causes can take care of preventing further cardiac damage. But the damage that has already occurred needs to be reversed as well. Of course the possible scenarios are much more varied than this example. But the point is that…

CHF is a syndrome involving a whole assemblage of causes, symptoms and results. And reversing congestive heart failure involves very careful diagnosis and a complete plan for recovery.

The short list of risk factors for congestive heart failure would include…

  • Cigarette smoking (yes, there it is again)
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • A family history of CHF
  • Hypertension.

Hypertension needs special attention for two reasons. First, it significantly increases the likelihood of developing CHF. High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder. Add this condition to other factors that can weaken or damage the heart and a patient has a higher risk of developing this CHF.

The second reason hypertension warrants special attention is because it is a very common problem in developed countries like the U.S. and is influenced by much more than genetics. High blood pressure is more prevalent in developed countries primarily because of lifestyle. It is a condition many have come to accept as a normal part of living.

Yet reversing congestive heart failure often means reversing hypertension.

Being a high risk factor for CHF is yet another reason to make every effort to control rising blood pressure through diet, supplements, exercise and, if need be medications.

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Diabetes And Reversing Congestive Heart Failure

A similar case can be made for drawing attention to diabetes as a roadblock for reversing congestive heart failure.

Diabetes is a risk factor for coronary artery disease which itself is a major contributing factor for CHF.

The fact that diabetes is on the rise among young adults, and even children, is our first clue that the disease can be brought on by lifestyle choices that are within our control, such as exercise and diet. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there will be 300 million diabetics in the world by 2025.

India is somewhat of a case study for this. In the early 1980s India had about four million diabetics. By 1999 that figure had risen to about twenty million with more than 100,000 annual deaths due to the disease.

Dietary issues are high among the factors attributing to this rise in diabetes.

Low Omega-3 fatty acid intake (a compound found in fish and some vegetable sources) has been connected to increased incidence of diabetes (and other chronic conditions).

Reversing congestive heart failure, then, is often less a matter of disease treatment after the fact as it is prevention before the disease occurs. Diets replete in processed sugar and devoid of nutrition are contributing in a big way to the onset of early diabetes and other diseases. Other factors include aging, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

As we can see CHF can result from a plethora of problems, and reversing congestive heart failure will most likely involve both pharmacological (conventional) and non-pharmacological (natural) approaches. Each approach complements the other. Conventional approaches will of course involve your doctor. You can see more information on Conventional Congestive Heart Failure Treatments.

Natural Treatments For CHF Reversal

However, non-conventional approaches to CHF reversal deserve more attention here. The reasons for this are two-fold.

  • First, there are lifestyle changes we can make to effect the progression and reversal of CHF with or without a doctor’s involvement.
  • Second, and perhaps even more significant, the natural steps we can take for reversing congestive heart failure are proactive in nature as well.

That is, they are preventive.

This of course makes sense. If a particular treatment can help reverse damage already done it will often be even more effective in preventing the damage in the first place. What then can we do?

Let’s begin with a touchy subject already mentioned above: smoking. The adverse effects of smoking on coronary heart disease are well established. Coronary disease in general is the underlying cause in a substantial number of CHF cases. Smoking has adverse haemodynamic (relating to the physical aspects of the blood circulation) effects including increases in…

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Pulmonary artery pressure
  • Ventricular filling pressures
  • Vascular resistance
  • Oxygen demand

Smoking also reduces…

  • Cardiac output
  • Myocardial oxygen supply

Anything that requires the heart to work harder under more adverse conditions has the potential to result in cardiac weakening and damage.

Excessive alcohol consumption should also be avoided.

High alcohol intake has a tendency to…

  • Depress myocardial (heart muscle mass) output
  • Increase the likelihood of arrhythmias
  • Raises blood pressure
  • Affect proper fluid balances

Cardiomyopathy (primary myocardial disease) when induced by alcohol use is unlikely to be reversed without abstinence. In such cases it is often possible to see marked improvement in CHF when alcohol consumption is stopped. However, resumption can lead to a worse case of heart failure.

Bed rest may be encouraged for someone with acute CHF. However, all stable patients should be encouraged to participate in some level of exercise. Studies have not shown that exercise results in obvious improvement in cardiac function for those with chronic heart failure. But improvements in symptoms and a better functional capacity have been demonstrated.

Further, chronic inactivity results in loss of muscle mass and a predisposition to thromboembolism (obstruction of a blood vessel with thrombotic material). Inactivity may also be harmful by leading to…

  • Blood vessel constriction
  • Decreased blood flow
  • Further deterioration in left ventricular function
  • Greater reduction in functional capacity.

On the other hand, regular exercise has the potential to slow, stop and even reverse some of the adverse consequences of heart failure.

As with any chronic disease poor nutrition can lead to and exacerbate CHF. The reverse is also true. Congestive heart failure can also lead to general malnutrition for the following reasons.

Appetite may be poor due to liver congestion or drug treatment. Or the patient may suffer from poor absorption of nutrients and increased nutritional demands.

Whether as an effort in reversing congestive heart failure or as a way to prevent it, a heart healthy diet should be maintained. If a patient is seriously overweight every effort should be made to lose the excess.

A heavy body puts undue strain on the heart especially during exercise.

If the heart is already weakened from CHF, the preceding conditions will only serve to worsen the condition. Therefore, a diet rich in energy releasing foods can help in preventing and reversing congestive heart failure.

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