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Why is it called congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fluid retention

Because the heart doesn't pump blood well enough when it is "failing", fluid tends to back up in the legs and lungs.
This can cause weight gain and difficulty breathing.

In brief: Fluid retention

Because the heart doesn't pump blood well enough when it is "failing", fluid tends to back up in the legs and lungs.
This can cause weight gain and difficulty breathing.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heart Failure

It is called heart failure because the heart fails to pump the blood effectively.
Because the blood is not pumped out of the lungs effectively, the fluid backs up in the lungs so the lungs become congested with this excess fluid build up. Thus, the name...

In brief: Heart Failure

It is called heart failure because the heart fails to pump the blood effectively.
Because the blood is not pumped out of the lungs effectively, the fluid backs up in the lungs so the lungs become congested with this excess fluid build up. Thus, the name...
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Congested lungs

When the heart isn't able to pump effectively, pressure builds up behind the heart and causes fluid to build up in the lungs causing "congestion".

In brief: Congested lungs

When the heart isn't able to pump effectively, pressure builds up behind the heart and causes fluid to build up in the lungs causing "congestion".
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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