Congestive heart failure is the loss of your hearts pumping power. Congestive heart failure can happen suddenly, but more often it develops over several years. It can be treated by drugs and in some cases by surgery.
What is Heart Failure?
It sounds frightening, but it is usually a treatable condition. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has entirely stopped working. It means that your heart is weakened and unable to pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. When your heart does not pump blood as well as it should, fluid builds up in the lungs and in other parts of the body. The most common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and legs and fatigue.
Since each person has a different background and health needs, treatment options for congestive heart failure vary. Treatment options include:
If your heart failure is caused by coronary artery disease, you should receive treatment to prevent your condition from getting worse. This treatment is considered secondary prevention. For some patients whose heart failure is caused by coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass grafting can improve heart function. Your doctor will know if this is an option for you.