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Heart Smart Health Week: Understanding heart failure

Heart failure is when the heart isn’t able to pump blood the way it should. Dr. Cedric Sheffield of Cleveland Clinic says while it may seem alarming “most forms of heart failure are treatable” and patients can get better.

Signs of heart failure include shortness of breathe due to exertion or laying down, retention of water in the body which leads to swelling, fatigue, and dizziness. Heart disease is classified based on the underlying cause (including viral, valve, or weakening of muscle).  Treatment begins by determining what the underlying cause of the failure is. Based on that, treatment can include medication, or event surgery.

While most heart failure can be treated the best course of action is to take steps to prevent heart failure. Dr. Sheffield says the first course of action is to avoid smoking. He second suggest is to stay active. Lastly he says it’s important to take control of your weight, and blood pressure.



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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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