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.
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Common symptoms of heart failure include:
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