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Better outcomes when congestive heart failure caught early

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Many Pittsburgh residents have congestive heart disease and are under the care of a medical provider. But, many may also not know they have the disease. If heart disease is caught early on by a medical provider a patient can have a good outcome. But, if a person suffers from a failure to diagnose congestive heart failure it can lead to a worsened condition or even death.

There are over 4.5 million Americans living with congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a syndrome where the body retains sodium and excess water. The heart is usually in a weakened state and often can't handle the excess fluid that is in the body. The excess fluid can then leak into the lungs, legs, feet and abdomen. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and fatigue.

If a person is diagnosed early with the condition, the damage that has been done to the heart may be able to be reversed. There are medications, medical devices such as pacemakers, reducing sodium intake and physical activity can decrease symptoms and slow or even reverse progression of the disease.

If patients believe their congestive heart failure was not diagnosed accurately or in a timely way they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpracticee. An attorney can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what went wrong for the patient. They can hold the medical provider accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: Ravalli Republic, "Early diagnosis of congestive heart failure can lead to better outcomes," Bradley D. Berry, Feb. 23, 2016

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