Definition: Heart failure is a continuous, often chronic problem in which the heart muscles are weakened and are unable to pump blood effectively. When this occurs there is not enough blood and oxygen available to meet the body’s needs.
Example: Symptoms for congestive heart failure include, build up of fluid referred to as edema, shortness of breath, chronic coughing or wheezing, fatigue or feeling lightheaded, confusion or impaired thinking, high heart rate, and nausea or lack of appetite. If you have more than one of these you should seek medical evaluation by a healthcare professional. Risks for developing congestive heart failure are often coupled with having a pre-existing heart condition of some sort along with coronary artery disease, a previous heart attack, or high blood pressure. Following your physician’s instructions and making positive changes to your diet, physical activity and lifestyle can significantly help.