What Is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a form of heart failure that occurs when the heart is weak and unable to fill itself with or pump out blood efficiently. When the heart does not pump blood properly, it experiences increased pressure and the chambers of the heart stretch to accommodate more blood, becoming tough and thick is a result. This creates a vicious cycle, and the heart becomes even less capable of properly pumping blood as it continues to stretch, weaken, and become tough.
When this occurs and the heart begins to fail, it directly affects the kidneys, which respond by retaining a lot more water and salt than is normal or healthy, “congesting” the other organs and causing a host of other problems with digestion, breathing, and other necessary physical functions.
How to Spot CHF & its Symptoms
Identifying CHF as soon as possible is absolutely essential. It is almost always a sign of a heart disease, vascular condition, or impending heart attack, all of which pose a direct threat to your loved one’s health and well-being.
Common symptoms of CHF include:
- Rapid weight gain or weight loss
- Difficulty inhaling
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Swollen feet, legs, and ankles
- Dry or phlegmy cough
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Heart palpitations
- Frequent urination at night
Fort Worth Primary Care Doctors
If you or a loved one is living with signs of CHF or with another heart condition, our Fort Worth primary care physicians are here to help. Our compassionate team of medical professionals at Primary Care Associates of Texas is here to help you with all aspects of disease management and ensure you receive the attentive medical care you need.
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