#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: What Causes Heart Failure?

 Q: Please Dr. What causes heart failure – I mean pains in the heart?

A: Hey! Thanks for writing in.

For the record, chest pain does not necessarily mean heart failure. But it’s always a good idea to check out chest pain in the hospital. Better safe than sorry 🙂

‘Despite the name, heart failure does not mean the heart has failed completely. Instead, it means the heart isn’t pumping efficiently enough to meet the body’s need for blood.

When the body first detects that it’s not getting an adequate blood supply, it tries to compensate. Stress hormones rise, pushing the heart to beat faster and harder. Blood vessels narrow in an effort to keep blood pressure stable. To keep blood flowing to the heart and brain, the body diverts blood away from less important tissues. The body also retains sodium and fluid in an attempt to supplement the volume of circulating blood.’

For more, please click on source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/what-are-the-symptoms-of-heart-failure

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