Related Media: Understanding Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that is usually the result of other underlying conditions. It is important to diagnose the underlying cause, so that the proper treatment can be given.
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There are not always noticeable symptoms for CHF as it develops. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
Shortness of breath, especially with activity, or when lying downSwelling of feet and anklesFatigue and weaknessPersistent cough or wheezing cough that may be accompanied by white or blood-tinged phlegmRapid weight gainIrregular or rapid heartbeatChange in urine production (increase or decrease, need to urinate at night)NauseaLoss of appetiteDecreased alertness
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Michael J. Fucci, DO
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