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).
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