"Repeat heart attacks cause most cases of chronic heart failure," said Dr. Ulrich Jorde. "Each attack takes out pieces of the heart muscle, kind of chop by chop. At a certain point the heart is so weak that you have problems going forward." As the condition progresses other organs suffer. "The real problems arise when the heart cannot do its job and the other organs, specifically the kidney, begin to fail. That's when you're going down the road," he said.
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How are heart attacks related to heart failure?
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What are the symptoms of pediatric and congenital heart disease?
Some babies born with heart defects experience no symptoms at first. Certain congenital heart defects can be so severe, though, that the newborn becomes very ill shortly after birth. With milder defects, signs or symptoms can surface years later.
Signs and symptoms of congenital heart disease in newborns include:
- Rapid breathing or deep rib retraction during breathing
- Bluish skin, lips, and nails
- Fatigue or difficulty feeding
- Poor weight gain
- Sweating, especially while feeding
Signs and symptoms of congenital heart disease in older children and adults include:
- Low exercise tolerance
- Difficult or rapid breathing either at rest or with exercise
- Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of appetite or unexplained chronic bellyache
What are the dangers of coronary heart disease?
Heart disease can cause many conditions that affect the heart and its blood vessels, such as:
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- Angina. Chest pain and discomfort.
- Arrhythmia: Problems with the speed and rhythm of the heart.
- Heart failure: Weakening of the heart muscle that can cause shortness of breath, extreme tiredness and swelling in the feet, ankles and legs.
- Heart attack: Damage to or death of the heart muscle. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.