Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart stops pumping blood efficiently. Specific heart conditions such as narrowed arteries or high blood pressure will leave the heart too weak or ridged to pump and fill correctly.


Heart failure usually happens when another condition stiffens or weakens the heart. The chambers of your heart will not fill correctly between beats because the muscle is damaged or the ventricles have been stretched. This will cause your body to receive an insufficient amount of blood and therefore making it hard for your heart to keep up with the bodies’ demands.


Congestive heart failure can be chronic or acute; meaning the heart issues can be a continuous or sudden in effect.
Heart Failure warning signs and symptoms include:

  • Physical fatigue
  • Shortness of breath and coughing up pink foam like mucus
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of feet, ankles, and legs
  • Decrease in exercise
  • Increased urination (especially at night)
  • Wheezing or coughing with white or red colored phlegm
  • Abdomen begins to swell
  • Nausea and decreased appetite
  • Rapid weight gain and retention of fluids
  • Chest pain (usually when a heart attack causes the heart failure)

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