Congestive Heart Failure

Con­ges­tive heart fail­ure (CHF) is a chron­ic con­di­tion where the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Because your heart isn’t pump­ing effi­cient­ly, it will become con­gest­ed, or backed up over time as blood is return­ing faster to the heart than it can be pumped out to the rest of the body. This means that not enough oxy­gen-rich blood can get to the body’s oth­er organs and you can start to get blood and flu­id buildup inside your lungs and abdomen. In the ear­ly stages of CHF, you most like­ly won’t notice many symp­toms. As your con­di­tion pro­gress­es you may expe­ri­ence fatigue, swelling, irreg­u­lar heart­beat, chest pain, faint­ing and dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing. Peo­ple with artery dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, dia­betes and obe­si­ty are at a high­er risk for devel­op­ing CHF.