Your heart is the muscle that pumps oxygen-rich blood to all parts of your body. When your heart isn’t pumping properly, blood and fluids can build up in the lungs causing congestion. Your heart will work harder, pump faster and circulate more blood to try to overcome this, but once the heart can no longer compensate adequately, congestive heart failure occurs.
Congestive Heart Failure is typically caused by coronary heart disease and can occur in men and women of all ages, including children. It is important to know the signs of congestive heart failure. If you experience two or more of these symptoms of congestive heart failure, seek immediate care:
There are several risk factors that can contribute to this disease including family history, diabetes, smoking, history of high blood pressure and being inactive and overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising moderately, following a healthy diet and limiting tobacco and alcohol use may help prevent congestive heart failure.
There are many treatment options for congestive heart failure. Most are non-invasive and involve medications and proper diet.