Heart Failure as the straw that breaks the camel’s back


“The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work. Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant. Nicole spent nearly three weeks in the hospital. One test showed that her heart was working at about 10 percent of its capacity. She also endured two strokes, the second occurring a few minutes after the first.She was too sick to be a candidate for a transplant. So doctors worked to find a combination of medications that would help heal her heart.” – HeartB


I often use the analogy of how heart failure occurs as the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The heart has so much reserve power that we can use up without noticing any symptoms. Then, out of the blue, we use up the last bit and symptoms develop. With these symptoms, patients and doctors are usually surprised at how a person who felt great can be suddenly transformed into someone who cannot even walk up the stairs without gasping for air or having to rest.

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