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Congestive Heart Failure (Overview)

Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart weakens and is not able to pump blood as effectively. The onset of this condition is often over many years.


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What is the definition or description of: congestive heart failure?

Dr. Estylan Arellano
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: congestive heart failure?

CHF...: Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ultrasound of your heart. ...Read more

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Congestive Heart Failure (Overview)

Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart weakens and is not able to pump blood as effectively. The onset of this condition is often over many years.


Dr. Daniel Zanger
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

Dr. Daniel Zanger
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

Fluid : If the heart fails it allows blood and fluids to build up in the lungs causing difficulty breathing thus the term "congestion". ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Tip)

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

Avoid salt, continue to exercise (walking), take your medications and weigh yourself every day. ...See more

Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Cardiology
37 years in practice
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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
Once
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Dr. Spyros Smith
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
19 years in practice
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Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Dr. Spyros Smith
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
19 years in practice
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Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Unlikely: Though patients that have a rapid heart rate for an extended period of time(weeks to months) without having symptoms can develop congestive heart failure to a weakened heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Board Certified, Cardiology
41 years in practice
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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

Dr. Terrence Cohen
Board Certified, Cardiology
41 years in practice
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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Cardiology
37 years in practice
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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Tip)

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

Reducing salt intake may help control symptoms. ...See more

Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Cardiology
37 years in practice
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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
Daily
Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Dr. Vishnu Gaiha
Board Certified, Cardiology
47 years in practice
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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

Dr. Vishnu Gaiha
Board Certified, Cardiology
47 years in practice
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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

CHF: Symptoms & signs of CHF are shortness of breath with minimal exertion, or at rest, getting tired or fatigued easily, sleepin on more than one pillow, getting up at night short of breath, swelling of both legs, retention of fluid in abdomen. ...Read more

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Chris Gouveia
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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Chris Gouveia
Board Certified, General Practice
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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Yes: Heart failure is a colloquial term for the formal "congestive heart failure" diagnosis. The term "congestive" refers to the fact that with heart failure, fluid backs up in to the lungs, causing lung congestion and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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