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Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Symptoms of congestive heart failure may include:

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Lack of appetite and nausea
  • Persistent cough or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Very rapid weight gain from fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney dysfunction

Causes of Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is caused by many conditions that damage the heart muscle, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart defects present at birth

Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure

With early treatment, signs and symptoms of heart failure may improve, and in some cases, the heart can become stronger. Treatment aims to decrease the likelihood of disease progression, lessen symptoms and improve quality of life.

 

Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of congestive heart failure. Common treatment options include:

At Advanced Heart and Vein Center, we provide a variety of comprehensive therapies and interventional procedures for all cardiac conditions. With early treatment and support from our CHF Clinic, you can get the help you need to live a longer, healthier life. 

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