Heart Failure 2

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle doesnt pump blood as well as it should. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the signs and symptoms of heart failure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the hearts pumping function is inadequate to meet the bodys needs.

Heart failure becomes more common with advancing age. You are also at increased risk for developing heart failure if you are overweight, have diabetes, smoke cigarettes, and abuse alcohol or cocaine.

With heart failure, many organs dont receive enough oxygen and nutrients, which damages them and reduces their ability to function properly.

The symptoms of congestive heart failure vary among individuals. It depends on the particular organ systems involved and the degree to which the rest of the body has compensated for the heart muscle weakness. Symptoms may include:

Weight gain

Swelling of the feet and ankles

Swelling of the abdomen

Enlarged neck veins

Loss of appetite

Shortness of breath with activity or even lying down

Awaking in the middle of the night with shortness of breath


Irregular or rapid pulse

Cough and

Decreased urine production

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.