By: Deborah Dominie
Composition 2 ENC-1102
Instructor: Lindsay Ludvigsen
May 10, 2013
My essay is directed to all the people out there that have wanted to know about congestive heart failure or is living with and taking care of a loved one with this disease. I myself have lost loved ones to this disease and now my mother suffers with it. So, I believe this essay has helped me and I truly hope it will help you as well. In this essay I will define what congestive heart failure is, what leads to congestive heart failure (CHF), who is at risk of getting this disease, and what treatments and/or lifestyle changes can help with this disease. Lastly I will tell of the effects that congestive heart failure has not only on the person with the disease but on the person’s loved ones.
First let us define congestive heart failure this is a condition where the pumping efficiency of the heart is decreased and the supply of blood to the body is reduced (Weber, C. 2007). Now that it has been defined we can move on to the other topics of my essay.
I found that the most common causes of congestive heart failure are: A) Coronary artery disease B) High blood pressure C) Long standing alcohol abuse D) Disorders of the heart valves E) Unknown idiopathic causes, such as after recovery from myocarditis (Shiel, W., 2011). The less common causes are: A) Viral infections of the stiffening of the heart muscles B) Thyroid disorders, and disorders of the heart rhythm (Shiel, W., 2011). I believe a person should also know that if they have underlying heart disease taking certain types of medication can make congestive heart failure worse. This is highly true for medications that can cause sodium retention (Shiel, W., 2011). The most commonly used drugs that can cause sodium retention is (Nsaids), which include ibuprofen and naproxen (Shiel, W., 2011). As well as certain steroids and some of the