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Conditions and Diseases


Congestive Heart Failure

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Other Names: CHF, Heart Failure
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In congestive heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood. The heart keeps working, but not as well as it should. This causes blood to back up in the veins leading to the heart, and sometimes causes fluid to build up in the legs or other parts of the body.

Congestive heart failure happens when the heart is diseased, injured, or overworked.

Associated Conditions:
Risk Factors:
Diagnosis Diagnosis Category.
Signs and Symptoms: Signs and Symptoms in the Diagnosis Category.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Swollen legs or ankles
  • Feeling tired
  • Other symptoms may include weight gain from fluid build-up or heart palpitations.
Diagnostic Tests: Diagnostic Tests in the Diagnosis Category.
Treatments Treatments Category
Medications: Medications in the Treatments Category.
Surgeries and Procedures: Surgeries and Procedures in the Treatments Category.
Medical Devices: Medical Devices in the Treatments Category.
Healthy Lifestyles: Lifestyle Changes in the Treatments Category.

Updated August 30, 2004

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