1.8 million germans suffer from heart failure. 300,000 new cases of heart disease are diagnosed every year, and 30,000 patients die of heart disease each year. The audience at the vdk health forum in habfurt learned about this and how to recognize and treat the disease from doctor winfried schorb.
The doctor had two key messages: heart failure is as deadly as a tumor if it is not treated, and it is not a natural symptom of aging. Many patients make this mistake. They accept it as quite normal when they are old and their performance declines. "The heart can function well for 120 years. If there is less performance, then it is due to illness", the internist emphasized his call to go to the doctor if breathlessness sets in after a few steps, heart palpitations occur or water deposits appear in the legs.
Causes for heart failure are mostly the vessels, if they are burdened by deposits or over decades not treated high blood pressure, or a valvular disease, a spread flu, rarely also congenital heart defects. Winfried schorb pointed out that an ECG is usually not sufficient as an examination. Many impairments of the heart became visible only with ultrasound. If there are indications of a circulatory disorder, a cardiac catheterization may be necessary, he advised.
Heart failure is accompanied by numerous concomitant diseases, because the organism is no longer supplied with sufficient nutrients. These include respiratory diseases, kidney dysfunction, sleep apnea and cardiac arrhythmias. Because of the reduced efficiency and quality of life, many patients also develop depression.