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Heart Failure - Symptoms

When a heart is in failure, it's still working, however it is not pumping as effectively. While blood entering the heart continues at a normal pace, blood leaving the heart slows, causing a back-up in the heart itself. The tissues of the heart then become congested. Fluid begins to collect around the heart and in other areas of the body, sometimes including the lungs, legs and abdomen. 


The most common symptoms of CHF are:

  • edema (swelling) of the legs, ankles, feet
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • swelling or pain in the abdominal area
  • trouble sleeping
  • feeling fatigued all the time
  • gaining more then three pounds in one day or more than five pounds in one week

These are often the first signs of CHF. If you have diagnosed CHF and have a recurrence of any of these signs, you should contact your doctor.


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