Hospitalization due to cardiac failure

Hospitalization due to cardiac failure

Cardiac failure is a serious health condition caused by a number of factors, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, a history of heart attack, smoking, and diabetes. In some cases, cardiac failure can lead to hospitalization. Here are some common signs that indicate someone may need to be hospitalized due to cardiac failure:

  • Shortness of breath that persists or gets worse after rest or activity
  • Unexplained fatigue or exhaustion
  • Chest discomfort or racing heartbeat
  • Coughing up frothy, pink mucus
  • Fluid retention, including swelling in the hands, ankles, and feet

If you notice potential signs of cardiac failure in yourself or a loved one, it is important to seek medical attention right away. There is no way to predict when a severe, life-threatening episode might occur, so seeking medical attention as soon as possible is the best way to ensure a successful outcome.

If hospitalization is necessary, the treatment team may order tests to determine the type and severity of the heart condition. Depending on the diagnosis, they may prescribe medications to control symptoms, such as diuretics to reduce fluid retention, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to reduce strain on the heart. They may also recommend lifestyle modifications, like quitting smoking and watching your sodium intake. If necessary, they may even suggest surgical or other intervention.

If you have questions or concerns about cardiac failure, or if you’d like to learn more about your treatment options, please speak with your doctor. Together, you can find a plan that is right for you.