Table of Contents
- Congestive heart failure facts
- What is congestive heart failure (CHF)?
- What causes congestive heart failure?
- What are the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure?
- What are the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure? (Continued)
- What are the risk factors for congestive heart failure?
- How is congestive heart failure diagnosed?
- What tests diagnose congestive heart failure?
- What is the treatment for congestive heart failure?
- What about diet, exercise, fluid management, and weight control?
- Fluid regulation
- Weight maintenance
- What is the long-term prognosis for patients with congestive heart failure?
- Can congestive heart failure be prevented?
- How does someone cope with congestive heart failure?
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms
An early symptom of congestive heart failure is fatigue. While fatigue is a sensitive indicator of possible underlying congestive heart failure, it is obviously a nonspecific symptom that may be caused by many other conditions. The person's ability to exercise may also diminish.
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Congestive heart failure facts
- Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body's needs.
- Many disease processes can impair the pumping efficiency of the heart to cause congestive heart failure.
- The symptoms of congestive heart failure vary, but can include:
- The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is based on knowledge of the individual's medical history, a careful physical examination, and selected laboratory tests.
- The treatment of congestive heart failure can include lifestyle modifications, addressing potentially reversible factors, medications, heart transplant, and mechanical therapies.
- The course of congestive heart failure in any given patient is extremely variable. Continue Reading
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