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How does someone get congestive heart failure?
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Dr. Michael Moran
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Weak heart muscle
A weakening of the heart muscle from coronary artery disease, too much alcohol or a viral infection weakens the heart muscle leading to chf.
Find the cause first, then the treatment follows. See a good cardiologist, plenty of good ones in palo alto.

In brief: Weak heart muscle
A weakening of the heart muscle from coronary artery disease, too much alcohol or a viral infection weakens the heart muscle leading to chf.
Find the cause first, then the treatment follows. See a good cardiologist, plenty of good ones in palo alto.
Dr. Michael Moran
Dr. Michael Moran
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: Weak pump
For whatever reason - a 'heart attack', alcohol, virus, other disease - the heart doesnt pump as well as it should, and, simply speaking - blood backs up and 'congests' everything behind it - so your lungs, liver, and legs are congested - that might cause shortness of breath, liver damage, and/or swelling in the legs.
Think of it as a sump pump gone bad - water backs up in your basement - etc.

In brief: Weak pump
For whatever reason - a 'heart attack', alcohol, virus, other disease - the heart doesnt pump as well as it should, and, simply speaking - blood backs up and 'congests' everything behind it - so your lungs, liver, and legs are congested - that might cause shortness of breath, liver damage, and/or swelling in the legs.
Think of it as a sump pump gone bad - water backs up in your basement - etc.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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