What is congestive heart failure?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

By: Dr. David Mathias


Congestive heart failure or CHF is an acute or chronic condition that results in a buildup of fluid in the lungs and throughout the body.


Many factors can result in congestive heart failure including blockages in the coronary arteries, weak heart muscle, high blood pressure, and a variety of other cardiac conditions.


The signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure include swelling of the legs and progressive shortness of breath that begins with shortness of breath with exertion and progresses to shortness of breath at rest or while lying down at night. This can result in weight gain of greater than 5 pounds in one week and a dry-hacking, nonproductive cough. It is often mistaken for bronchitis or pneumonia.


The condition is treatable using a combination of medications, correction of underlying blockages, devices that improve pumping function, and devices that can treat life-threatening rhythm abnormalities.

- Dr. David Mathias, Aurora BayCare Cardiology

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