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Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure: Introduction

Symptoms of congestive heart failure can vary between individuals and can differ depending on the severity of the disease and the underlying cause. In some cases, an individual may not have symptoms until the disease has progressed and become severe. Early symptoms can develop slowly.

The primary symptom of congestive heart failure is shortness of breath, which can occur at rest or with exertion. Shortness of breath often occurs when lying down and can interrupt sleep. It can be relieved to various degrees by sleeping in a semi-upright position.

Congestion and fluid in the lungs also leads to wheezing, chest pain, and an ongoing cough that brings up frothy phlegm that may be blood tinged. Fluid in the lungs also increases the risk of developing infections of the lungs, such as pneumonia, which can be fatal in some cases.

Symptoms can also include swelling (edema) of the feet, ankles, and legs. In severe cases, swelling can occur in the abdomen and arms as well. General symptoms include weakness, fatigue, and dizziness, confusion, restlessness, anxiety, and an alteration in consciousness, because the brain and body are not getting sufficient oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Paleness, or cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the lips, feet and hands, may also occur.

Congestive heart failure is not always fatal, but serious complications can occur, including arrhythmias. Certain arrhythmias that may occur with congestive heart failure are fatal if not immediately treated and can result in cardiac arrest and death. Another life-threatening complication of congestive heart failure is acute pulmonary edema, in which large amounts of fluid accumulate in the lungs....more about Congestive Heart Failure »

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

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Heart failure happens when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. Symptoms include shortness of breath, lung sounds on examination, fluid retention, and fatigue. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Heart Failure in Older Adults: CDC-OC)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure. This signs and symptoms information for Congestive Heart Failure has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Congestive Heart Failure signs or Congestive Heart Failure symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Congestive Heart Failure symptoms.


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