Congestive heart failure is one of the leading causes of mortality for elderly patients in the U.S., with an absolute mortality rate of over 50% in the 5 years after diagnosis. This complex syndrome results from cardiac disorders that are either structural or functional and reduces the ability of the heart to eject blood or fill completely with blood.
Certain chronic conditions can cause high blood pressure, like kidney disease and diabetes. What you put into your body in terms of nutrition and chemicals (from smoking) can also contribute to a high number.
What’s the most important muscle in your body? The biceps? Your hamstrings? While these can help you move, the number one muscle in your body is your heart. It provides oxygen and nutrients to your body, and keeps blood flowing to other vital organs. You can’t live without it!