Did you know it’s Heart Failure Awareness Week? Heart failure is a condition that affects nearly five million Americans of all ages and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Dr. Partick Murphy, a Cardiologist at Mobile Infirmary, tells Cherish Lombard heart failure is a common condition that usually develops slowly as the heart muscle weakens and needs to work harder to keep blood flowing through the body. Heart failure develops following injury to the heart such as the damage caused by a heart attack, long-term high blood pressure, or an abnormality of one of the heart valves. The weakened heart must work harder to keep up with the demands of the body, which is why people with heart failure often complain of feeling tired.
Elise Split, the heart Failure Program Coordinator at Infirmary Health, says heart failure can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms may be subtle and mistaken for normal signs of aging. Symptoms include breathing difficulties, coughing or fatigue. And although heart failure may strike at any age, it’s more common in people over the age of 65.
Risk factors include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Damage to the heart valves or history of a heart murmur
- Enlargement of the heart
- Family history of enlarged heart
Physicians often order a number of tests before diagnosing a patient with heart failure. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. You can get your heart checked this Friday, February 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at FOX 10 Studi0s and Mobile Infirmary at the “Go Red Gulf Coast” event. It’s free to attend.
Go Red Gulf Coast Events:
FOX 10 Studios
1501 Satchel Paige Drive
Mobile, AL 36606
5 Mobile Infirmary Circle
Mobile, AL 36607
Sponsored by Mobile Infirmary