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What is heart failure?

Americans can be plagued by any number of serious and deadly diseases. Some are related to lifestyle choices while others are genetic. In either case, patients in Maryland and elsewhere rely on physicians to identify and treat these illnesses. With their help and expertise, patients can put themselves on the path toward wellness.

One of the most common and deadly diseases in America is heart failure. In 2009, one in nine deaths were caused by heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC. In total, more than five million people live with heart failure in the United States. So, what exactly is heart failure?

Heart failure happens when an individual's heart is unable to deliver enough oxygen and blood to all the areas of the body. As a result, organs fail to get the support they need from the heart. People living with heart failure, have a beating heart, it just doesn't work as effectively as it needs to. This results in fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, swelling, weight gain and difficulty breathing while resting.

This combination can be deadly, the CDC notes that 50 percent of the people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years of their diagnosis. Therefore, it is important for people facing cardiac issues, like this one, to take proper steps to treat the illness.

In order to treat the illness, people must get a proper diagnosis. In fact, medical professionals say that an early diagnosis is key to lengthening a person's life and improving their overall quality of life. By making the correct dietary and lifestyle changes and taking the correct medications, people can improve their symptoms and live longer.

The misdiagnosis of cardiac conditions and other medical mistakes could take valuable years away from a Maryland resident. In these cases, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals can be held accountable for their failure to properly diagnose a patient. An attorney is often necessary for people to understand if they have suffered as a result of a failure to diagnose.

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