Studies have revealed that almost 5 million people in the US are affected by Congestive Heart Failures every year. This condition can become acute and chronic. Depending on the extent of damage and stage of failure of the heart, the patient is classified as being in stages from I to IV. In the IV or final stage, the symptoms worsen and most of the processes in the body get shut down causing death.
In the final stages, most of the symptoms already present in the initial stages begin to aggravate and the condition of the patient deteriorates.
The different stages of congestive heart failure can be identified by some of the following symptoms:
- Stage-I: The first symptoms of fatigue will be experienced when the individual performs any physical activity or indulges in exercising. But most people neglect this as a fall out of old age or may not even register fatigue as a symptom of an underlying heart trouble at all.
- Stage-II: In this stage, the fatigue becomes pronounced with indulgence in the slightest physical activity. One may also experience palpitations during light exercise sessions. Most of these symptoms disappear on taking rest.
- Stage-III: The patient in this stage will experience fatigue and shortness of breath with the slightest activity. The individual becomes incapable of undertaking any physical task.
- Stage-IV: The normal routine becomes affected severely. Presence of fluid in the lungs affects breathing even while resting. The individual suffers excessive fatigue, many body functions get shut down and the patient may suffer an attack of coma.
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