When your heart can't pump as much blood as your body requires the condition is called congestive heart failure. Heart failure is a long-term condition, but one that can be managed with the help of your doctor, you can learn more by reaching out to Cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola.
When your heart can't pump as much blood as is needed by your body, it can lead to fluid accumulation, often in the lungs, legs, and feet. Your heart still works, but it doesn't function the way it should.
Just as with other chronic health conditions, having a family history of heart failure increases your chances of developing it yourself. Having many of these other chronic conditions also makes you more likely to suffer from heart failure, conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes, to name a few.
Other contributing factors include your age, being older than 65, and unhealthy habits, like an unhealthy diet, smoking, drinking, or illegal drugs.
Heart Failure Treatment in St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola
Although there is no cure for heart failure, treatment is still very important. Treatment can keep the condition from worsening, slow down its progression, as well as improve your quality of life.
Typically, your treatment plan will involve the use of medication alongside lifestyle changes. Our doctor may suggest surgery if you require it to help you avoid serious complications.
If your heart is strong enough and your condition is well managed, heart failure should not stop you from taking part in the things you enjoy.
For help living your best life with heart failure, you can arrange a consultation with Dr. Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, serving St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola, by dialing (340) 714-2845 for the Saint Thomas office and (340) 692-5000 for St. Croix.