Heart Failure Specialist

Nay Htyte, MD, DSVM, FACC, FSCAI -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Brooklyn Heart


Board Certified Cardiologist & Endovascular Specialist located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

You rely on your heart to pump blood through your body. Heart failure poses a serious threat to your health. Fortunately, at Brooklyn Heart Nay Htyte, MD, DSVM, FACC, FSCAI, offers a range of treatments that can reverse heart failure, helping this muscle work the way it should. To learn more about the heart failure diagnosis and treatment Dr. Htyte offers, call the Brooklyn Heights office in New York City or make an appointment online.

Heart Failure Q & A

What is heart failure?

The name heart failure implies that your heart has failed to work at all. But that’s not the case. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition that indicates your heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should. But it doesn’t mean your heart has failed completely, nor does it mean that the failure is permanent. 

Congestive heart failure is a condition that progresses over time. It starts when your heart isn’t able to pump enough blood to keep up with your body’s needs. To attempt to overcome the shortage, your body copes in a variety of ways. It may:

  • Increase the muscle mass of your heart so it can pump more strongly
  • Increase the pace of your heart’s pumping
  • Stretch to pump more blood, causing heart enlargement
  • Narrow blood vessels
  • Divert blood to only the most important areas

While these stop-gap measures can eliminate the symptoms of heart failure, they only work temporarily. Eventually, you start to experience symptoms from congestive heart failure.

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

People living with congestive heart failure experience:

  • Shortness of breath, especially after exertion
  • Swelling in the legs and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Coughing up phlegm
  • Loss of appetite

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Htyte at Brooklyn Heart and take advantage of his experience diagnosing and treating heart failure. 

Once diagnosed, he works with you to develop a treatment plan that helps your heart work its best long-term. 

How is heart failure treated?

It depends on the condition of your specific heart. Dr. Htyte offers all of the latest diagnostic procedures so you and he can best understand what’s going on with your heart — and your treatment options. 

For many people, medication paired with lifestyle changes is effective in improving the heart’s function. Some of the lifestyle changes both Dr. Htyte and the American Heart Association recommend for people with heart failure include:

  • Adopting a heart-healthy diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Managing stress
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Moderating alcohol intake
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting caffeine

Dr. Htyte works with you to personalize a treatment plan that helps support your heart health. If lifestyle changes and medication are ineffective, he also offers implantable defibrillators to help your heart work the way it should. 

For more information about congestive heart failure, call Brooklyn Heart or schedule your visit to the office online.