Congestive Heart Failure

Cause: A weakening of the heart's pumping power, blood moves through body at a slower rate, pressure in the heart increases, congestive heart failure happens when the kidneys respond to low blood flow by retaining water and then builds up all over the body.

Symptoms: Congested Lungs, Fluid Retention, Dizziness, Weakness, Irregular Heartbeat, Shortness of Breath, Inability to Exercise.

Diagnostics Tests: Blood Tests, Chest X-ray, Echocardiogram (Ultrasound of the Heart), Electrocardiogram (EKG), Stress Test, Questions from Doctor.

Incidence: Nearly 5 million Americans are affected by congestive heart failure.

Prevention: Keep Low Blood Pressure, Maintain Fluid Homeostasis, Limit Sodium Consumption, Monitor Body Weight, Take Medications, Control Cholesterol Levels.

Risk Factors or Complications: High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Sleep Apnea, Infections, Smoking, Drinking Alcohol, Diabetes, Prior Heart Attack, Death.

Treatment: Mainly Lessens Symptoms, Decrease Progression or Worsening of Disease, Improve Quality of Life for Patient, Disease cannot be Eradicated.


"Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.

"Heart Failure Statistics." Emory Healthcare. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

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