Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
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
Reviewed on 12/3/2015