Congestive Heart Failure Specialist

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC -  - Cardiovascular Physician

Shahbandar Heart Clinic

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC

Cardiovascular Specialist located in Rochester Hills & Romeo, MI

A weak heart muscle caused by any damaging illness leads to pumping failure known as congestive heart failure (CHF), but abnormal relaxation of the heart muscle without damage might lead to the same symptoms as CHF. Both situations might be reversible. Dr. Shahbandar, founded Shahbandar Heart Clinic to provide the highest quality cardiac care available in the Rochester Hills, Michigan, area. If you’re looking for ways to ease your congestive heart failure symptoms and improve your quality of life, call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Congestive Heart Failure Q and A

What is congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart is unable to pump blood as effectively as it’s supposed to. This decrease in function can be due to damage, weakness, or stiffness in the heart.

Heart failure can begin suddenly or be a chronic condition that’s ongoing. It can involve both sides of your heart but often begins in your left ventricle, your heart’s primary pumping chamber.

A variety of conditions can cause congestive heart failure, including:

  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat)
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)

You can also develop congestive heart failure because of cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a  term used to describe diseases of the heart that weakens the heart muscle and enlarges it.

Who is at risk of developing congestive heart failure?

While congestive heart failure can have several causes, your risk of developing this condition increases due to:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Being overweight
  • Certain medications
  • High blood pressure
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Alcohol and tobacco use

Making lifestyle changes like not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and managing stress and alcohol use can help reduce your risk of damaging your heart muscle. Some damage to your heart muscle is irreversible, but symptoms associated with congestive heart failure can improve with medications or nonsurgical care.

What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?

The symptoms and signs of heart failure vary and include:

  • Increased urination at night
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat
  • Persistent wheezing or cough
  • Nausea and reduced appetite
  • Fluid retention that causes weight gain
  • Weakness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating
  • Swelling in your abdomen, legs, ankles, or feet
  • Shortness of breath when lying down or while active

Without treatment, congestive heart failure can cause other health problems including kidney and liver damage, arrhythmias, and heart valve problems. Dr. Shahbandar works closely with you to manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of developing other complications.

How do you treat congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure is a chronic disease that requires ongoing management. Your treatment under Dr. Shahbandar depends on the extent of your condition and its underlying cause.

To manage your condition, Dr. Shahbandar might recommend:

  • Medications
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Surgery or medical devices
  • Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise

To learn more about treatment options for congestive heart failure, call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.