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  Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) - CardiologyChannel
Congestive heart failure, or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart is unable to adequately pump blood throughout the body and/or unable to prevent blood from "backing up" into the lungs.
Heart failure is characterized by shortness of breath (dyspnea) and abnormal fluid retention, which usually results in swelling (edema) in the feet and legs.
Heart failure becomes more prevalent with age and the number of cases is expected to grow as the overall age of the population increases.
www.cardiologychannel.com /chf   (527 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively throughout the body.
Congestive heart failure can be caused by a number of conditions that damage the heart muscle, including a heart attack or heart infection; coronary artery disease; excessive alcohol consumption; an over- or under-active thyroid gland; and untreated high blood pressure.
Congestive heart failure can also be caused by damage to or abnormalities in the valves inside the heart, which regulate blood flow out of the heart, and genetic conditions, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in which the heart muscle becomes thickened due to enlarged heart muscle cells.
www.hmc.psu.edu /healthinfo/c/chf.htm   (1454 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure
Heart failure means the tissues of the body are temporarily not receiving enough blood and oxygen.
Heart failure may develop gradually over several years, or move quickly after a heart attack or a disease of the heart muscle.
Heart failure is an illness in which the pumping action of the heart becomes less and less powerful.
www.emedicinehealth.com /congestive_heart_failure/article_em.htm   (827 words)

  
 Heart Disease - Congestive Heart Failure
The words "heart failure" sound alarming, but they do not mean that your heart has suddenly stopped working.
Instead, heart failure means your heart is not pumping as well as it should to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your body's cells.
Congestive Heart Failure happens when the heart's weak pumping action causes a buildup of fluid called congestion in your lungs and other body tissues.
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 Congestive Heart Failure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Congestive heart failure, often called simply "heart failure," is not a disease but is a condition or process, in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's tissues.
Heart failure is the most common reason for hospitalization in the elderly, and as the population ages, the incidence of congestive heart failure is rising dramatically.
Heart failure is associated with sleep apnea, in which tissues at the back of the throat periodically collapse and become blocked, causing the sleeper to gasp for air.
www.morehead.org /wellconnected/000013.htm   (13040 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure Health Channel on Healthline
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a disorder in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood efficiently.
Left-sided heart failure is a disorder in which the left side of the heart loses its ability to pump blood efficiently, thereby failing to meet the demands of the body.
Cardiac tamponade is the compression of the heart caused by blood or fluid accumulation in the space between the myocardium (the muscle of the heart) and the pericardium (the outer covering sac of the heart).
www.healthline.com /channel/congestive-heart-failure/2796681.html   (618 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure — Complete medical information regarding congestive heart failure on MedicineNet.com
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body's needs.
CHF can be considered a symptom of impairment of the pumping action of the heart that is caused by an underlying disease.
The strength (forward pumping function) of the heart may be impaired (so called systolic dysfunction) due to illnesses that cause heart muscle weakness or the ability of the heart to relax and fill may be impaired.
www.medicinenet.com /congestive_heart_failure/article.htm   (569 words)

  
 Heart Failure, Congestive
Pages of information are provided on how the heart works, risk factors for the development of heart failure, signs and symptoms associated with heart failure, possible causes of heart failure, lifestyle modifications required for living with heart failure.
Heart Failure Online is partly sponsored by the Sharp Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education, and the San Diego Cardiac Center.
The aim of this guideline is to aid in the management of heart failure in primary care by providing recommendations on the appropriate use of ACE inhibitors as treatment.
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 Congestive Heart Failure - Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart's weak pumping action causes a buildup of fluid called congestion in your lungs and other body tissues.
This slow onset and progression of CHF is caused by your heart's own efforts to deal with its gradual weakening.
Texas Heart Institute, Texas Heart Institute Journal, THI, Heart Owner's, The Heart of Discovery, and Leading With the Heart are members of the family of trademarks of the Texas Heart Institute.
www.tmc.edu /thi/chf.html   (1147 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (or CHF) is a debilitating disease often caused by a weakened heart muscle that is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood for the body.
CHF decreases the flow of blood from your heart to vital body organs and that decrease tells your kidneys—mistakenly—that you’re dehydrated.
Furosemide (commonly known as lasix) is also a valuable drug for treating CHF because it eliminates excess water and salt from the body by altering kidney function and thereby increasing urine output.
www.acc.org /media/patient/chd/chf.htm   (1389 words)

  
 eMedicine - Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Edema : Article by Shamai Grossman, MD, MS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
valvular heart disease, hypertension, peripheral edema, jugular venous distention, tachycardia, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, myocarditis, infectious endocarditis, pulmonary embolus, hyperthyroidism
CHF often is precipitated by cardiac ischemia or dysrhythmias, cardiac or extracardiac infection, pulmonary embolus, physical or environmental stresses, changes or noncompliance with medical therapy, dietary indiscretion, or iatrogenic volume overload.
Failure to recognize and initiate early management of a patient presenting with signs and symptoms of CHF and pulmonary edema is a pitfall because therapy must begin with the ABCs, and early treatment should include nitrates and diuretics, if hemodynamics are stable.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic108.htm   (5884 words)

  
 Congestive Heart Failure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Congestive heart failure is not a disease but a condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's tissues.
Heart transplantation is the most important surgical procedure for severe heart failure that does not respond to any other treatments.
In a study of 92 patients with severe (Class III or Class IV) heart failure and faulty valves, reconstruction of the heart's mitral valve drastically improved heart function, and all patients were able to be reclassified as Class I or Class II patients.
www.reutershealth.com /wellconnected/doc13.html   (10798 words)

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