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What is CHF?

What is CHF?Diagnosis and TreatmentsFAQs

Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the pumping ability of the heart becomes reduced due to damaged heart muscle tissue. Despite its name, heart failure does not mean that the heart stops working. Instead, it means that the heart has been damaged or weakened and does not pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and tiring easily
  • Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs and, occasionally, the abdomen
  • Persistent coughing, raspy breathing or wheezing

Learn more about how congestive heart failure is diagnosed and treated

Frequently asked questions about congestive heart failure.


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