Baylor Health Care SystemAbout B

Heart & Vascular

Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton

 
Need something? Call us: 1.800.4BAYLOR(1.800.422.9567)
Text Size:

Heart Failure 

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure (CHF), is a progressive condition in which the heart's muscle becomes weakened and cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, the heart's diminished capacity to pump reflects a progressive, underlying condition. Nearly 5 million Americans are living with heart failure, and 400,000 to 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

What Causes Heart Failure?

Many people don't even know they suffer from heart failure because its symptoms are often mistaken for signs of getting older.

Learn More About Heart Failure Causes

Signs & Symptoms of Heart Failure

Heart failure does not develop overnight--it's a progressive disease that starts slowly and gets worse over time.

Learn More About Signs & Symptoms

How Is Heart Failure Diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, your physician may order a number of tests when exploring a possible diagnosis of heart failure.

Learn More About Diagnosis

How Is Heart Failure Treated?

The cause of the heart failure will guide the treatment established. Specific treatment for heart failure will be determined by your health care provider.

Learn More About Treatment