Congestive Heart Failure Program
CHF is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure is almost always a chronic, long-term condition, although it can sometimes develop suddenly. This condition may affect the right side, left side, or both sides of the heart. Characteristics of this condition are as follows:
- CHF is a chronic condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.
- Your heart has become too weak or too stiff to pump out enough blood to meet your body’s needs.
- It is not the same as a heart attack. Not all people with heart failure have had heart attacks. Heart attacks are due to blockages in the blood vessels which feed the heart.
- It does not mean your heart is “stopping.” You can live with heart failure for a long time, but it is a serious disease that can affect your quality of life and how long you live.
Signs & Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Weight gain of 3-5 lbs. or more within a week
- Increased difficulty breathing
- Cough that won’t go away, especially at night
- Dizziness or fainting
- Sudden vision changes, including seeing greenish/yellow circles around objects