What is Congestive Heart Failure
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What Is Cogestive Heart Failure?
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) impacts 5.7 million adults in the United States and it’s the third leading cause of deaths amongst Heart Disease. In 2009, 1 of 9 deaths in the United States was because of CHF, with most patients dying within the first year and 50% of CHF patients dying within the first 5 years*. CHF is when the heart muscle becomes too weakened that it cannot pump enough blood throughout the body causing many side effects along with kidney and liver failure when blood is not being pumped thoroughly.
Symptoms can include extreme shortness of breath, tiredness, fluid retention, confusion, forgetfulness, depression, weakness and even Sudden Cardiac Death (SDA). Although pharmaceutical advances have been made to lower the likelihood of death and minimize symptoms, still today, this disease is incurable. Many things can cause CHF from having a heart attack, abusing alcohol/drugs, genetics and even catching a rare virus.