The heart is a pump that works together with the lungs. It pumps blood in 2 ways.
Heart failure sounds frightening because it sounds like the heart just stops working. Do not be discouraged by the term heart failure—the heart has not stopped beating or pumping. Heart failure means the tissues of the body are temporarily not receiving enough blood and oxygen. With advancements in diagnosis and therapy for heart failure, patients are feeling better and living longer.
Heart failure is an illness in which the pumping action of the heart becomes less and less powerful. That is, the heart does not pump blood as well as it should. When this happens, blood does not move efficiently through the circulatory system and starts to back up, increasing the pressure in the blood vessels and forcing fluid from the blood vessels into body tissues.
If you have any of these symptoms, call your health care provider for an appointment.
Other, more subtle symptoms of heart failure warrant a visit to your health care provider, especially if linked to any of the symptoms already listed.
Congestive heart failure is a serious medical condition that requires professional medical help.
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