Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure

by Jodee on July 3, 2009

If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, it means that your heart isn’t pumping strongly enough to pump blood throughout your body. This condition can be caused by high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, or a previous heart attack that damaged the muscle. Congenital heart defects can also cause congestive heart failure.

See your doctor if you notice your legs or ankles swelling, or if you start to feel short of breath. Congestive heart failure can be treated. Your doctor may suggest that you change your diet and make sure that you get enough rest. Medications to expand the blood vessels or improve the heart’s pumping action may be prescribed. The doctor may also put you on diuretics to get rid of excess fluid in the body.

The underlying cause of the congestive heart failure should be investigated and treated, if possible.

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