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Congestive Heart Failure

( — CHF is a serious condition that
requires support from health professionals. According to research or other
evidence, the following self-care steps may help your heart keep pumping the
blood your body needs:

What You Need To Know:

  • Get help from hawthorn
    Take 300 mg of an herbal extract
    three times a day to reduce symptoms and improve exercise capacity
  • Try taurine
    Improve heart muscle contraction by taking
    2 grams of this amino acid three times a day
  • Add a carnitine to your routine
    Take 1,500 to 2,000 mg
    of an L-carnitine or propionyl-L-carnitine supplement every day to improve heart
    function and exercise capacity
  • Check out coenzyme Q10
    To determine how much of this
    powerful antioxidant supplement you need daily, calculate 0.9 mg for every pound
    of body weight
  • Mix in some magnesium
    Take 300 mg a day of this
    essential mineral to prevent a deficiency that can lead to heart arrhythmias
  • See a specialist
    Find a health expert you can trust to
    help you manage this medical condition

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace
the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full congestive
heart failure article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on
medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be

Lifestyle changes that may be

Even with severe disease, appropriate exercise can
benefit those with CHF.1 2 In a controlled trial, long-term (one year) exercise
training led to improvements in quality of life and functional capacity in
people with CHF.3 Nonetheless, too much exercise can be life-threatening for
those with CHF. How much is “too much” varies from person to person; therefore,
any exercise program undertaken by someone with CHF requires professional

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear to significantly
increase the risk of CHF. The use of NSAIDs in one preliminary study was found
to double the likelihood of hospital admission with CHF the following week. This
likelihood increased by more than 10 times for patients with a history of heart
disease.4 This study did not include people taking low-dose aspirin.

Vitamins that may be

People with CHF have insufficient oxygenation of the
heart, which can damage the heart muscle. Such damage may be reduced by taking
L-carnitine supplements.5 L-carnitine is a natural substance made from the amino
acids, lysine and methionine. Levels of L-carnitine are low in people with CHF;6
therefore, many doctors recommend that those with CHF take 500 mg of L-carnitine
two to three times per day.