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Congestive Heart Failure

Also called: CHF, Heart Failure

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Many disease processes can impair the pumping efficiency of the heart to cause congestive heart failure. In the United States, the most common causes...
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The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is most often a clinical one that is based on knowledge of the patient's pertinent medical history, a...
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The symptoms of congestive heart failure vary among individuals according to the particular organ systems involved and depending on the degree to...
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Despite the significant advances in drug therapy for congestive heart failure over the past 20 years, many exciting developments are under active...
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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body...
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Heart failure is caused by many conditions that damage the heart muscle, including: Coronary artery disease: CAD, a disease of the arteries that...
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Systolic cardiac dysfunction (or systolic heart failure) occurs when the heart muscle doesn't contract with enough force, so there is not enough...
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To diagnose heart failure, your doctor will ask you many questions about your symptoms and medical history to identify whether you are at risk for...
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The symptoms of heart failure are related to the changes that occur to your heart and body, and may be moderate to severe, depending on how weak your...
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Eat a healthy diet. Limit your consumption of salt (sodium) to less than 2,000 milligrams (2 grams) each day. Eat foods high in fiber and potassium...
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To prevent your heart failure from worsening: Keep your blood pressure low. In heart failure, the release of hormones causes the blood vessels to...
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If you have heart failure, your prognosis or outlook for the future will depend on how well your heart muscle is functioning, your symptoms, and how...
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Surgery is aimed at stopping further damage to the heart and improving the heart's function. Procedures used include: Left ventricular assist device...
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Today there are more options available to treat heart failure than ever before. Regular medications and lifestyle changes coupled with careful...
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Several different types of medications are best avoided in those with heart failure. These include: Certain painkillers called non-steroidal anti...
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