The life expectancy of an elderly person with congestive heart failure depends on the severity of the disease, states Cleveland Clinic. Almost half of patients with serious symptoms pass within just 12 months, and others... More »

Congestive heart failure, also simply called heart failure, means the heart is not pumping at its normal healthy level, according to Mayo Clinic. Congestive heart failure is not necessarily terminal, but it can be life-t... More »

Patients suffering from end-stage heart failure have a one-year mortality rate of 50 percent, according to PubMed Central. Disease characteristics include advanced structural heart disease and symptoms of heart failure d... More »

Some causes of congestive heart failure are inherited, while others are not, according to Mayo Clinic. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy are two diseases that can lead to heart failure, in which inhe... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

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 mor... More »

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 ove... More »

The signs of end stage congestive heart failure include breath shortness, exercise intolerance, fluid retention and swelling, which occur when a person is at rest, according to emedicinehealth. A patient in end stage con... More »