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Congestive Heart Failure Screening

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The heart keeps working but it does not work as efficiently as it should. As a result, the body’s needs for oxygen and nutrients are not met.

As blood moves through the heart and body less efficiently, pressure in the heart increases. The heart’s chambers stretch to hold more blood to pump throughout the body. Over time the heart muscle walls weaken and cannot pump as strongly. The kidneys often respond by causing the body to retain fluid or water and sodium (salt). The fluid builds up in the arms, legs, feet, ankles, lungs or other organs and causes swelling. 

Screening for Congestive Heart Failure Risk

  • 6 for Life Health Assessment
    • A disease risk assessment screening, 6 for Life is a written, personalized report that measures your risk for six major, chronic diseases including congestive heart failure. You receive a risk score for each disease condition — the report also identifies modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Learn More

Who should have a 6 for Life assessment?

  • People who want to be proactive about their health
  • Anyone with relevant risk factors
  • Anyone with a family history of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and/or lung cancer

How often should I get a 6 for Life assessment?

  • Annually, if you are high risk for coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and/or lung cancer
  • Every three to five years, if your biometric values are normal

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.

How do I prepare for a 6 for Life assessment?

  • 6 for Life includes blood testing for cholesterol and glucose, you should prepare as you would for those tests.
  • You must fast (no food or drink, except water) for eight hours before your cholesterol and glucose screenings.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up

Warning signs

Common symptoms of heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath during mild or usual daily activities
  • Trouble breathing when lying down
  • Tired, run-down feeling
  • Swelling in feet, ankles and legs
  • Weight gain from fluid buildup
  • Confusion or trouble thinking clearly

Risk factors

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Damage to heart muscle
  • Heart defect present since birth
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight

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