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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which your heart’s ability to pump blood gradually declines. Heart failure occurs over time and can cause symptoms of fatigue and breathlessness.
The signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure somewhat vary from person to person. In general, people with congestive heart failure see symptoms like:
If your doctor has concerns about your cardiovascular health or your risk for congestive heart failure, the leading expertise of the Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento Advanced Heart Disease Clinic can help you take the steps toward living a heart healthy life. Find a Doctor near you today to learn about our trusted treatment options and personal care.
Heart failure is caused by overworking or damaging the heart muscle, which makes it weak and unable to pump blood effectively. Heart failure can be caused by heart attack and often occurs due to untreated heart disease. A few common causes of congestive heart failure include:
Our treatment and prevention strategies for congestive heart failure focuses on reducing risk factors and slowing the progression of existing disease. Heart failure itself cannot be reversed or cured.
To reduce your risk of developing congestive heart failure, you should live a heart-healthy lifestyle by:
The goal of congestive heart failure treatments is to ease symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Your cardiologist at the Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Disease Clinic may recommend you for a Left Ventricular Assist Device; CHAMP; or for a consultation at the Advanced Heart Disease Clinic.
Your doctor also may recommend several therapies, including: