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HCA/240 Final By: Jerry Byrd University of Phoenix 1/07/2011
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I have chosen the disease of congestive heart failure also known as (CHF) this is a disease which the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body. CHF your heart has stopped working or is about to. It is just an indicator that your body is no longer functioning at its full potential. CHF is most common among people 65 years old and over. The causes however, depend very much on the individual's lifestyle, preexisting medical conditions, and heredity. Some conditions that have been proven factors in leading to heart failure include having heart attacks in the past, history of high blood pressure, abnormal valves in the heart, defects in the heart at birth, and lung disease, and sleep apnea. Congestive heart failure does not only affect the heart muscle. There are several body systems that are affected by CHF, including the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the neuroendocrine system, and the vascular system. Aside from the conditions that lead to congestive heart failure, there are some warning signs that should be considered. Shortness of Breath (dyspnea) that presents itself as breathlessness during activity or while sleeping (more difficult when lying flat) and is caused by blood backing up in the pulmonary veins, the heart cannot keep up with the supply which can cause the fluid to build up in the lungs. Severe and persistent coughing and a severe wheezing can produce blood mucus which is caused by fluid in the lungs. Any one person can develop congestive heart failure. The most at risk group for getting this disease are
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course HCA 240 taught by Professor Agnessamaniego during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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