Shortness of breath is the most common symptom of congestive heart failure, states MedicineNet. It may be due to fluid in the lungs or insufficient blood pumped to the organs in times of stress.Continue Reading
The shortness of breath can occur with activity or exertion or while lying flat, or it can awaken an individual from sleep. Chest pain may be present, especially if the underlying cause of the failure is atherosclerotic heart disease, explains MedicineNet. Patients with right heart failure leak fluid into the tissue and organs that deliver blood to the right heart through the vena cava. Pressure in blood vessels causes leakage into the space between cells causing fluid to accumulate in the feet and ankles that may gradually rise up to involve the legs. The liver and abdomen can swell as fluid accumulates. The individual may feel bloated and nauseous, and he may have pain and abdominal distension.
The causes of congestive heart failure are poorly controlled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and family history, notes MedicineNet. It can be a complication of other diseases, such as sleep apnea, alcohol and drug abuse, infections, and connective tissue disorders, such as lupus. Many patients with stable congestive heart failure decompensate when a complicating condition occurs, such as pneumonia, an infection of the lungs or a heart attack.Learn more about Cardiac Health
Congestive heart failure is a long-term, chronic, progressive disease that is not reversible, according to the American Heart Association, especially when CHF has been caused by damage to the heart that has developed over time. Treatments are available, however, to lessen or improve the symptoms of CHF.Full Answer >
The symptoms of congestive heart failure may be constant or they can come and go sporadically, and they include congestion in the lungs, fluid and water retention, fatigue, dizziness and weakness, according to WebMD. Congestive heart failure can also cause irregular or rapid heartbeat.Full Answer >
Early signs of congestive heart failure, or CHF, include tiredness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and weakness or dizziness. Progression of the disease may result in shortness of breath even at rest, swelling, weight gain, coughing or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, feeling bloated and nausea, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
A calcified aorta, also known as aortic stenosis, is marked by the following symptoms: chest pain as the heart struggles to pump enough blood through the narrowed passage, fatigue, shortness of breath after extraneous activity, heart palpitations, and a heart murmur, says Healthline. Infants or young children may have no symptoms at all or show different symptoms, some of which may include not eating properly or losing significant weight. Infants may also have chronic shortness of breath.Full Answer >