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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?
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Chris Gouveia
General Practice
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Chris Gouveia
Chris Gouveia
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes these
Terms are used interchangably.

In brief: Yes these
Terms are used interchangably.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. John Wigneswaran
Yes these are similar words. The more current definitions focus on the acuteness or chronicity of disease : ADHF (acute decomepnsated heart failure) or chronic heart failure.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Weakness of heart.
CHF is one subtype of heart failure.
CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment.

In brief: Weakness of heart.
CHF is one subtype of heart failure.
CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment.
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