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The causes of congestive cardiac failure

BY: Deena David | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-12-16

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Many people have heard about coronary artery disease, but only a few would have heard about the congestive cardiac failure. It is one of the types of cardiac diseases and they can be fatal too. This is because of the fact that the heart is not able to keep up with the needs of the tissues for the need of oxygen. A person may have congestive cardiac failure where there is lack of Oxygen due to various reasons. This article lists the few causes of this kind of heart disease.

The most common reason for the person to have decreased supply of oxygen to the tissues is either because of the decreased work ability of the heart or the increased demand for Oxygen by the tissues. Both these causes can lead to a person having congestive cardiac failure.
Increased Oxygen demand by the tissues: The tissues in the body of the person can have an increased demand in various conditions. They are:

1. Strenuous activity:

A person may be working very hard and this can cause the person to be under severe physical stress. In these conditions, the Oxygen demand from the issues increases. One simple example of this is the increased need for Oxygen by the tissues in a sportsperson because the existing oxygen is used up by the tissues for doing the increased physical activity.

2. Increased metabolism:

There are times when the body has increased metabolism. Some people also have certain metabolic disorders and these disorders can also cause the person to have the increased need for Oxygen. In both these situations, the person is at a risk of congestive heart failure if the persons heart is not able to meet it.

Decreases Oxygen supply by the heart:

The heart may also have certain situations and conditions where the heart is not able to supply the Oxygen to the body. This can happen in certain situations and these situations include the following:

1. Smoking:

When the person is a smoker, the Oxygen that is present in the body decreases and the impure Oxygen is supplied. The heart is not able to keep up with the increased demand for the Oxygen in those circumstances.

2. Coronary artery disease:

A person who has coronary artery disease may have the decreased amount of Oxygen because when there is a block in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, the function of the heart decreases and the efficiency also decreases. This causes the person to have decreased Oxygen being supplied to the tissues.

3. Heart muscle stiffness:

There can be certain conditions in which the muscles of the heart itself are not normal and they may be stiff. In these circumstances too the heart muscle becomes inefficient and this leads to decreased Oxygen supply to the tissues.

These are the various causes for the person to get the congestive heart failure. Adequate decrease in the risk factors will ensure that the person does not have heart failure. So lifestyle modifications are very important.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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