Hyderabad: Coronary heart disease, valve infections post viral infections in body, high intake of salt weakening of heart muscles, prior heart attack/s and history of cardiovascular diseases are some of the reasons for heart failures.
Symptoms are akin to those of heart attack. However, in case of continuous swelling in ankles, legs and abdomen, inability to breathe properly while sleeping and constant fatigue in performing routine activities, it is important to get it properly evaluated.
Dr K. Goswami of Cardiology Society of India explained, “There is low awareness among people. It is important to be able to differentiate between heart attack and heart failure. If in younger patients, symptoms are identified then lives can be saved. Lifestyle modifications and new medications have helped to reduce mortality by 20 per cent.”