Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) occurs when the heart cannot pump out all the blood from the heart. The blood backs up in the veins that lead to the heart and fluid collects in various parts of the body, often the legs or lungs. More commonly called heart failure, CHF weakens the heart and causes additional cardiac problems.
When your body can't adjust for this excess fluid, medications can help. But sometimes the fluid gets to be too much, leading to increased leg swelling and possibly shortness of breath or CHF exacerbation. Our cardiac specialists treat CHF with the latest approaches.
It is important to eat a nutritious diet while restricting sodium intake and to weigh yourself every day to monitor fluid build-up. Quitting smoking will also help your heart condition.
- Learn more about how diet and exercise help keep your heart healthy.
- Learn more about our smoking cessation program.
- Testing is available Monday–Friday.