Congestive heart failure doesn’t mean your heart is about to stop working, but it does mean your heart can’t pump blood as well as it should. Internal medicine physician Sanjay Khedia, MD, helps adult and elderly patients manage congestive heart failure at his office in Covina, California. Dr. Khedia also visits hospitals and nursing homes in the area. If you’re looking for a compassionate physician to help you cope with congestive heart failure, call or book an appointment online today.
Congestive heart failure, also called heart failure, happens when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of your body.
If you have right-side heart failure, the heart doesn’t fill with enough blood. In left-sided heart failure, the heart isn’t strong enough to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body with adequate force. It’s possible for heart failure to affect both left and right sides at once.
Although heart failure doesn’t mean your heart stopped, it’s a serious medical condition. Dr. Khedia has extensive experience helping patients manage congestive heart failure to live longer, healthier lives.
Several conditions can cause your heart to become damaged or overworked, such as:
Other conditions — such as illnesses, infections, blood clots, or allergic reactions — may also lead to acute heart failure.
Congestive heart failure may come on suddenly (acute) or be an ongoing condition (chronic). Common signs and symptoms of heart failure include:
Many of these signs and symptoms result from the buildup of fluid in your body. Early symptoms of heart failure may include difficulty performing regular activities — such as climbing stairs — without getting tired.
Early diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure can help you stay active longer. Dr. Khedia begins with a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history.
In addition to listening to your heart and measuring your blood pressure, he may take one or more tests to confirm the diagnosis, such as:
If you have congestive heart failure, Dr. Khedia develops a personalized treatment plan, which may include:
If you or a loved one has symptoms of heart failure, call the office of Sanjay Khedia, MD, or book an appointment online.