Understanding Heart Failure Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Risks
Understanding Heart Failure Syndrome
Heart failure syndrome, often referred to as “heart cancer” by doctors, shares similarities with cancer as it does not exhibit symptoms in its early stages.
What is Heart Failure Syndrome?
Contrary to popular belief, heart failure syndrome is not directly related to cancer. Instead, it is characterized by a gradual decrease in blood flow, which poses a severe threat to a person’s life.
Recognizing the Signs of Heart Failure
According to Dr. Alexander Myasnikov, there are several significant indicators of heart failure:
- Fast fatigability
- Feeling short of breath even with minimal physical effort
- Swelling of the lower extremities
- Waking up at night due to a feeling of suffocation
- Decrease in diuresis (urine production)
- Excess weight
Dr. Myasnikov emphasizes that these symptoms typically manifest in the later stages of heart failure syndrome, indicating that it may already be too late for effective treatment.
Stages and Risk Factors
Cardiologists classify the first stage of heart failure as a risk factor for the development of heart failure syndrome without any structural changes in the heart. Common risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Kidney disease
- Kidney failure
Dr. Myasnikov further explains that stage 2 heart failure is also asymptomatic. The appearance of symptoms indicates the progression of heart failure syndrome into the third stage.
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