Congestive Heart Failure

In congestive heart failure (CHF), the heart is unable to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins. Fluid pools in the liver and lungs. Swelling occurs first in the feet, ankles and legs. Then the swelling occurs throughout the body as the kidneys begin to retain fluid. Symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Cough
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Frequent urination especially at night
  • Need to sleep propped up
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of feet ankles or legs
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Wheezing 

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

Living with a chronic and sometimes debilitating heart condition is challenging. Our congestive heart failure clinic was designed to reduce the need for emergency room visits and hospitalizations and help manage those challenges.

Learn more about the causes and risk factors of congestive heart failure or find out how to prevent it.

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