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How do you prevent congestive heart failure ?

I have lost two grandparents, an aunt and an uncle...all died of congestive heart failure. It looks like an awful way to die. Is this genetic? What can I do now, while I am young, to keep it from happening to me when I am older? Am I doomed from my genetics? Can I prevent it?
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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Prevention Treat your high blood pressure with diet, exercise, and medication if necessary. Treat your high cholesterol with diet, exercise, and medication if necessary. DO NOT smoke Avoid alcohol use Take an ACE inhibitor if you have heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and keep your heart rate under control. Treat an underlying thyroid disorder. Also, consider the following lifestyle habits, especially if you have a strong family history of CHF: Reduce salt intake. Exercise Please see the webages for more details on Heart failure.
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