How to Prevent Congestive Heart Failure

Monday, 06 Jun 2011 05:14 PM

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Congestive heart failure can be caused by numerous underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, hyperthyroidism, anemia, and diabetes.

It is vital to prevent heart disorders. To do so, individuals should take the following precautions:
  • Limit salt: The first and foremost form of prevention is limiting the amount of salt ingested daily. When dealing with many heart conditions, reducing salt intake is advised to prevent water retention. Congestive heart failure patients should restrict their daily dose of salt from 4-6 grams to 2 grams.
  • Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is another culprit that causes congestive heart failure. Avoiding it is beneficial to prevent many heart conditions.
  • Moderate exercise: Fatigue is an initial symptom of congestive heart failure that can be prevented and managed through moderate exercise. Preventative exercises used to combat congestive heart failure are based on stamina and have shown to improve the condition. Patients should consult their health care provider before adopting an exercise plan.
  • Avoid smoking: Not smoking prevents many heart conditions by reducing damage to blood vessels.
  • Healthy diet: Avoiding trans-fats, saturated fats, salt, caffeinated drinks, and refined sugars helps to prevent congestive heart failure symptoms. Green vegetables, green tea, omega 3 fatty acids, and Indian gooseberry are beneficial for a healthy diet.
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