Congestive heart failure, or congestive cardiac failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump strongly enough to sufficiently distribute blood flow to the body. It can be caused by any number of heart problems. The most common source is coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood and oxygen. Those with high blood pressure are more likely to experience congestive heart failure than healthier individuals. A heart attack, congenital heart disease, heart valve disease and any type of heart-weakening infection are also common causes of heart failure.
There are two types of heart failure. Systolic heart failure, which is usually what is understood as congestive heart failure, is when the muscles have difficulty pumping blood out of the heart. Diastolic heart failure is when the heart muscles become stiff and have trouble filling with blood. Congestive heart failure may affect only the right or left side of the heart, but it usually affects both sides.
The symptoms of this illness often begin slowly and may only be noticed during moments of intense activity. As the condition worsens, increasingly severe breathing difficulty and other symptoms will become more regularly experienced. Heart failure symptoms usually appear in a gradual build-up over time, but can appear suddenly, especially after a heart attack. The usual signs include difficulty breathing, abnormally fast or uneven heartbeat, coughing fits, fatigue, loss of appetite, swollen areas in the leg or foot, fast weight gain and an inability to sleep due to trouble breathing.
Congestive heart failure is a chronic disease, so symptoms may become worse over time. When the heart’s pumping becomes increasingly less effective, there is a good chance blood will become backed up in other parts of the body, like the lungs, liver or limbs. Some who suffer from this condition and do not treat it with proper attention can become fatally ill. In most cases, heart failure at least makes it difficult to keep up with a normal work life.
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