♥ Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles, specifically refers to the stage in which fluid builds up around the heart and causes it to pump inefficiently.
You have four heart chambers. The upper half of your heart has two atria, and the lower half of your heart has two ventricles. The ventricles pump blood to your body’s organs and tissues, and the atria receive blood from your body as it circulates back from the rest of your body.
CHF develops when your ventricles can’t pump enough blood volume to the body. Eventually, blood and other fluids can back up inside your lungs
♥ My Treatment
I have an An IMPLANTED CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD) – a pager-sized device — placed in my chest to reduce my risk of dying if the lower chambers of my heart (ventricles) go into a dangerous rhythm and stop beating effectively (cardiac arrest).
It detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The device continuously monitors my heartbeat and delivers electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary.
You’ve likely seen TV shows in which hospital workers “shock” an unconscious person out of cardiac arrest with electrified paddles. An ICD does the same thing only internally and automatically when it detects an abnormal heart rhythm.
Taking my medicine as prescribed is also important for controlling my condition for overall long-term health and wellness.