Today on MD-VOD, Dr. John Kennedy is joined by board certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Kevin Campbell to learn about congestive heart failure. Together they examine the cause of congestive heart failure, who is at risk, the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and available medications, treatments and therapies. They further discuss the consequences and the realities of living with congestive heart failure, including insurance coverage and related costs.
Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans and roughly half a million people are diagnosed with heart failure each year. It is a very important disease because it is the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older.
Some of the most common symptoms of congestive heart failure that you should look for are:
• Congested Lungs
• Fluid Retention
• and a Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat
Dr. Campbell lists a number of ways to both protect yourself before, during, and after diagnosis. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a heart healthy diet and plenty of exercise will help to decrease your risk of congestive heart failure. After diagnosis, a healthy lifestyle may be coupled with various heart disease medications, such as beta-blockers to relax the heart and diuretics to combat the fluid retention. In the case of cardiac arrest, Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are devices capable of interpreting a person’s heart rhythm and automatically delivering a shock to prevent sudden death. Dr. Campbell shares with Dr. John in a practical demonstration, the proper way to use this simple but life saving machine.
So join us as we simplify this common and treatable disease and arm you with the tools and information you need to combat congestive heart failure for yourself and those you love.
*****This video contains healthcare information only, not medical advice.*****
Host, Dr. John Kennedy, MD, FACC is the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is the Co-Author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day.
Guest expert, Dr. Kevin Campbell was born and raised in North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and graduated valedictorian in 1992. He attended medical school at Wake Forest University and graduated at the top of the class in 1996. Dr Campbell trained in Internal Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Virginia in 1999. From there, he completed fellowships in both Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology at Duke University. A nationally recognized expert in prevention of sudden cardiac death, Dr Campbell speaks all across the US to physicians, physicians in training, as well as civic groups. These dynamic symposia are designed to raise awareness and facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of women at risk for cardiovascular disease and death. His efforts have led to the creation of prevention programs in many cities across the US. To find out more about Dr. Campbell, please visit http://www.drkevincampbellmd.com.