One of our Cardiologists and co-founder of LabFinder, Robert Segal, MD, was interviewed by healthline to discuss the 90 Percent of People with Heart Failure Don’t Make Lifestyle Changes?
He’s quoted as saying:
“Heart failure simply means that the heart is not pumping enough blood, so the body isn’t getting enough oxygen,” Segal told Healthline. “While this is a serious condition, it doesn’t mean that people living with heart failure cannot live a full life. It can be managed.”
Segal added that other causes include diseases such as severe lung disease, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea.
“People who are afflicted with those diseases will likely develop heart failure if it’s not addressed immediately,” he said.
Segal said risk factors for heart failure include the traditional ones for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse.
“Family members play a crucial role because this is where patients can get guidance and support,” he said. “Especially for elderly patients, it’s normal to forget their medications and feel that they don’t need it. It’s up to family members to follow up and make sure that the right medications are taken on time as well as ensure proper diet or exercise advice is also followed.”
View the original piece placement on healthline.