Week 4 -Responses.docx - NURS 6501N-10 Week 4 Response#1 Hello Jessica Lamarre Great post on Congestive Heart Failure I want to add more information to

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NURS 6501N -10 Week 4 – Response #1 Hello Jessica Lamarre, Great post on Congestive Heart Failure! I want to add more information to this topic. Congestive Heart Failure is a type of heart failure which requires seeking timely medical attention, although sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably. It is categorized by typical symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles, and fatigue that may be supplemented by signs such as pulmonary crackles, peripheral edema, and elevated jugular venous pressure caused by a cardiac abnormality with structural and functional state, resulting in a reduced cardiac output and high intracardiac pressures at rest or during stress (Ponikowski et al., 2016). The heart has not stopped working with heart failure. Instead, the heart works less efficiently than usual. While the pressure in the heart increases, the blood moves through the heart and body at a slower pace. There is not enough oxygen and nutrients pumping into the heart to meet the body's needs as a result. The chambers of the heart may respond by stretching to hold more blood to pump through the body or by becoming stiff and thickened. It helps to keep the blood moving, but the heart muscle walls may eventually weaken and become unable to pump as efficiently (Yancy et al., 2016). As a result, retention of body fluid and salt serves as a
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  • Fall '17
  • keisha lovence
  • Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Society of America.

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