Heart Failure, also called congestive heart failure (CHF), is a life-threatening 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, and it is one of the most common reasons people come to the hospital for treatment.
Heart failure interferes with the kidney's normal function of eliminating excess sodium and waste from the body. In congestive heart failure, the body retains more fluid - resulting in swelling of the ankles and legs. Fluid also collects in the lungs - resulting in shortness of breath.
The severity of the condition and symptoms depends on how much of the heart's pumping capacity has been lost. Symptoms of heart failure may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
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