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What is Congestive Heart Failure? 

Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This doesn’t mean the heart has stopped working entirely, or is about to, but that it’s no longer doing its job adequately. As a result, people with heart failure often feel weak, tired or short of breath.

Congestive heart failure is a progressive disorder, meaning it grows worse over time. The early stages can sometimes be managed with medicines and lifestyle changes, which help reduce symptoms. Eventually though, an advanced stage of congestive heart failure may lead to the need for a heart transplant or VAD (ventricular assist device). The most common type of VAD is an LVAD (left ventricular assist device).

If you or someone you love has congestive heart failure, you’re not alone: About 5 million people are living with congestive heart failure in the United States, and approximately 10 million in Europe. But there is hope: therapies like LVADs can dramatically extend and improve quality of life for people with advanced heart failure.
 
Patients with advanced heart failure may benefit from an LVAD while they are waiting for a heart transplant. In the case of patients who are not candidates for a transplant, an LVAD can provide long-term support. Learn more about LVADs and how they work.
3D Medical Animation - Congestive Heart Failure            Advanced HeartFailure and the HVAD System: See Mike's Journey
3D Medical Animation - Congestive Heart Failure   Advanced Heart Failure and the HVAD System: See Mike's Journey