End-stage heart failure patients who do not respond to medical therapy well and still have heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath, at the same do not qualify for heart transplantation due to age, additional health problem, or other complications may be candidates for receiving a cardiac assist device.
Edwin Yih-Jen. Kok, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursSouthern California Heart Center
506 W Valley Blvd Ste 100
San Gabriel, CA 91776
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- Blue Shield of California
- BlueCross BlueShield
- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Health Net
- LA Care Health Plan
- Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
- Garfield Medical Center
- Greater El Monte Community Hospital
- Monterey Park Hospital
- Pacific Alliance Medical Center
- San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
- Who receives a cardiac assist device as destination-therapy?
Can children suffer heart failure?
Yes, in some cases the heart problems that a child is born with or develops after birth can lead to heart failure - the inability of the heart to meet the body’s needs for oxygen.
A variety of heart, valve and blood vessel abnormalities can cause the heart to become inefficient. This can weaken the heart’s pumping strength, interrupt the flow of blood, create an abnormal heart rhythm or disrupt the exchange of oxygen from the air with carbon dioxide in the blood. If severe enough, these abnormalities can cause the heart to fail it its job of efficiently moving blood throughout the body.
What causes fluid overload?
Discovery Health answered
Heart failure most frequently causes fluid overload. When the heart weakens, blood flow returning to the heart slows down, backing up in the veins and causing fluid to build up in the tissues. The kidneys also are affected by heart failure, which results in a less efficient elimination of sodium and water. Fluid congestion increases because of the retained water.
Fluid overload, which can cause swollen legs, can happen with heart failure and with kidney disease.
Kidney disease can also cause fluid overload. Besides eliminating the body&aposs waste products, the kidneys also play a role in balancing the body&aposs sodium and fluid. When the balance is not maintained as a result of impaired kidneys, the sodium and water accumulate, producing fluid overload.
When patients have too much salt in their diet, limiting the salt in their diet may help. Or, oral medicines, such as diuretics or water pills, may be prescribed to reduce fluid overload. However, many people with fluid overload must be hospitalized because these measures stop working and they retain too much fluid.
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