Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure 

Congestive heart failure is inability of the heart to pump enough blood to adequately supply the rest of the body. It is associated with weakening of the heart muscles. The sluggish (slowed) blood flow causes a “backup” of blood in other vital organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, resulting in the build-up of fluid. Persons with congestive heart failure may have one or more of the following symptoms:

 

– shortness of breath from lung congestion
– difficulty breathing when lying flat because the of lung congestion, which may be relieved by sitting or elevating the head and shoulders
– abdominal fullness because of congestion in abdominal organs
– swelling of the feet and ankles during the day because of fluid retention that leaves a temporary dent after finger pressure is applied to the swollen area

The most common causes of congestive heart failure, namely hypertension, coronary heart disease and heart attack, are often preventable, such as:

Congestive heart failure is not necessarily fatal, but requires regular medical care.

Hypertension and Stroke

Although hypertension and stroke are both closely associated with heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, they are also, independently, major diseases. Therefore, click below to visit their separate sections:

Hypertension

Stroke

 

Other Recommended Source for Related Information

The American Heart Association, Tel. (800) AHA-USA1, is another good source of information on heart disease. Its web site can be reached directly at www.heart.org/HEARTORG

 

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