What is congestive heart failure?
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very serious heart condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s circulatory needs. Even though the condition typically worsens over time, it is possible to live with the disease for many years.
What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure?
As a result of congestive heart failure, fluid may collect in the lower legs, causing swelling, or in the lungs, causing shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include:
• Fatigue and weakness, particularly during physical exertion as a result of insufficient oxygen reaching the muscles.
• Swelling in the lower extremities. If the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the feet, ankles and legs. Left-sided heart insufficiency can cause fluid retention in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath.