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Heart Failure Specialist

Good Heart Medical Group, Inc.

Board Certified Cardiologist & Interventional Cardiology located in Santa Ana, CA & Garden Grove, CA

According to researchers, as many as 5 million Americans are living with congestive heart failure, and nearly 550,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. At Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., Amer Zarka, MD, and the team have over 35 years of expertise in heart failure management and can help prevent and treat this serious health condition. Come in to Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., for an evaluation of your heart health. Book a visit online or call the office in Santa Ana or Garden Grove, California, today.

Heart Failure Q & A

What is heart failure?

Congestive heart failure, also simply called heart failure, is a condition that occurs when your heart can’t pump blood as well as it should. The muscle itself is still functioning, just not as efficiently as normal. 

Without the oxygen and nutrients needed to thrive, many of your organs and system can begin to suffer due to congestive heart failure. It’s a common condition and is also a leading cause of hospitalization in men and women over the age of 65. 

What are the causes of heart failure?

Many different factors can lead to heart failure, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Hypertension
  • Valve disease
  • Thyroid disease

Anything that damages your heart muscle can lead to heart failure so it’s important to see the team at Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., if you have other health conditions.

How do I know if I have heart failure?

Not all cases of heart failure present clear symptoms, so it’s important to know what to watch for. Some of the signs you may have heart failure include:

  • Lung congestion
  • Bloating 
  • Swollen abdomen, ankles, or legs
  • Increased need to urinate during the night
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Brain fog

Because heart failure may not lead to urgent symptoms, coming in for routine exams are a critical part of heart health. 

How is heart failure treated?

Your treatment plan depends on the type of heart failure you have and the degree of severity. The team at Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., performs blood testing and various screenings to learn more about how well your heart is functioning. 

Medication might play a role in treating your condition. There are drugs that can improve blood flow, decrease blood pressure, prevent fluid retention, and address your symptoms. There are even medications that can reverse some of the damage done by congestive heart failure. 

Lifestyle modifications are a powerful treatment path. The Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., team can help you identify meaningful changes that can deliver measurable results. Diet and exercise are a great place to begin, but reducing stress and improving the quality of your sleep is also important. 

Don’t live with heart failure when there are safe and effective treatments available. Call Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., today or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.