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Congestive Heart Failure: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

When it comes to problems with the heart, there are many medical terms thrown around and used interchangeably. However, they’re not all the same – they each have their own specific causes.

That also applies to congestive heart failure, which is commonly just referred to as heart failure. However, despite what the name suggests, it’s not a “sudden” episode like some other conditions of the heart. Let’s take a closer look at 12 things to know about congestive heart failure…

1. Defining Congestive Heart Failure

According to Healthline.com, heart failure is not something that appears out of nowhere. It is a progressive condition that affects the ability of your heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently, it adds.

The term congestive heart failure, of CHF, “specifically refers to the stage in which fluid builds up around the heart and causes it to pump inefficiently,” explains the source. Because your heart’s ventricles lose the ability to pump blood properly throughout your body, over time blood and other fluids end up in your lungs, liver, and other areas, it says. The condition can be life threatening.

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