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Congestive heart failure develops when the heart can't keep up with the body's demand for blood, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. This reduces blood flow to other tissues and causes blood to back up into the lungs.


The first congestive heart failure symptoms patients tend to notice is unusual weight gain, severe fatigue, swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, and an increased frequency in urination, especially at night, according to Healthline. More severe symptoms include lung congestion that causes wheezing


The main treatment options for congestive heart failure are diuretic medications, heart medications like ACE inhibitors or beta blockers, and lifestyle changes. End-stage congestive heart failure patients may require more aggressive treatments including an implanted pump or heart transplantation, ac


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


Although treatments for heart failure are improving all the time, 50 percent of people with the diagnosis can expect to live less than five years, states WebMD. Ninety percent of those with advanced forms of the disease live less than one year.


Ankle swelling can be caused by pregnancy complications, lymphedema, venous insufficiency, a medication side effect or kidney disease, among many other possible factors. An injury such as an ankle sprain can also cause swelling to the ankle.


Venous insufficiency, a blood clot, lymphedema, and heart, kidney or liver disease can all cause swollen ankles, according to WebMD. Side effects from certain medications, infections, foot and ankle injuries, and complications from pregnancy often cause ankles to swell.


Whereas treatment for swollen ankles usually can be handled at home, emergency medical care should be sought out if the swollen ankles are due to preeclampsia, liver or kidney failure, abscesses, congestive heart failure or fracture, as MedicineNet.com points out. Appropriate treatment for swollen a


Tiring easily, a decrease in activity level and sporadic coughing when a dog is excited all can indicate the beginnings of congestive heart failure, according to WebMD. As the body becomes unable to compensate for the reduced function of the heart, the owner may observe a lack of appetite, rapid bre


According to WebMD, swollen ankles commonly occur when a person stands or walks a lot, but if swollen ankles persist or are accompanied by other symptoms, they could be an indication of a serious health problem, such as pregnancy complications, foot or ankle injury, lymphedema and venous insufficien