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Heart failure is caused when the heart muscle becomes weak and can not pump blood efficiently through the body, which means the body does not get the blood it needs and causes the abdomen, legs and lungs to fill up with fluid.
Heart failure is caused by coronary artery disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, alcohol or drug abuse, serious viral infections, chemotherapy, congenital heart defects, abnormal heart valves, severe lung disease, and heart muscle disease.
Common symptoms of heart failure include:
Call 911 if you have:
Call your physician if you have:
CHF is a serious condition, but there are things you can do to help prevent or manage the disease such as eating right, lowering your salt intake, weighing yourself daily to check for sudden gains, consistently taking medication your physician may prescribe and, of course, not smoking.
For more information please call the Health Management Center at 972.485.2336.
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