Hydration and Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure, often referred to as congestive heart failure, happens when the heart muscle is unable to pump blood as efficiently as it should. This can be brought on by presence of disease conditions like cardiomyopathy that weakens the heart’s muscle, congenital cardiac condition chest pain, heart valve dysfunction, abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, high blood pressure, Emphysema and lots more.  These conditions affect the muscles of the heart causing the heart not to pump blood as expected.

Eight glasses of water each day are recommended for health, as you may have heard. The percentage may not be accurate, but the general notion is that drinking enough water benefits all of your internal organs, including your heart.

In fact, a study that was released in September 2022 in the European Heart Journal contends that maintaining a healthy level of hydration may help to slow down or even stop the changes in the heart that cause heart failure.

In individuals with all types of chronic kidney disease (CKD) as well as those who are at risk of CKD, increasing water intake has been shown to improve renal function. When the kidney is still able to concentrate urine, this potential benefit could be larger.

Written By Jennie Miller

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