Congestive heart failure is often misunderstood as a stopped heart – this is not the case. Congestive heart failure simply means that the heart’s ability to pump is weaker than it should be. This means that the blood is moving throughout the body at a slower rate, thus increasing the amount of pressure on the heart. Because the blood is moving so slowly, the heart has a hard time keeping up and providing enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s needs.
The chambers of the heart often stretch to hold more blood or become stiff and thickened to keep the blood moving. This may be sufficient for a while, but soon, the heart muscle walls will weaken and become unable to pump blood, oxygen and nutrients efficiently. This condition puts a strain on the kidneys and causes the body to retain water buildup in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs and other organs. This is where the term “congestive” comes from.
If you have a family history of congestive heart failure or you are experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty breathing at rest, hacking cough, wheezing, fluid and water retention, dizziness, fatigue, weakness or rapid or irregular heartbeats, make an appointment
with Dr. Madaiah Revana today.