About Congestive Heart Failure

Abbreviated “CHF,” this diagnosis is probably the scariest that a person hears, as they wonder what it means for the heart to actually fail.  But the diagnosis is not always so dire and really just means that the heart is not pumping optimally, leading to the body holding on to too much fluid.  It can be mild, moderate or severe and we even use the term in patients with no symptoms at all—if the person’s heart has a problem with the potential to cause fluid retention.  Fortunately, we have many medications and therapies to help treat the multiple causes of CHF.


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