Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms

What are common congestive heart failure symptoms?

Congestive heart failure symptoms vary between people and depend on which specific organ systems are involved in their disease as well as how much the rest of the body “compensates” for the weakness of the heart muscle.

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A common early congestive heart failure symptom is fatigue. Fatigue is a good indicator of potential congestive heart failure, but it is also a nonspecific symptom that can be caused by countless other medical conditions. There could also be a reduced ability to exercise.  Some people reduce their activities to deal with this limitation, even though they might not even notice the decrease in their abilities, so it is a subconscious process.

Edema, a swelling of the ankles and legs or abdomen, is one of the congestive heart failure symptoms that is caused by the body getting overloaded with fluid. In this case the right-sided heart chambers fail to pump venous blood to the lungs for oxygen acquisition and fluid builds up in places like the legs. This is commonly caused by long-term left-sided heart failure which can lead to secondary right-sided heart failure. Other possible causes of right-sided heart failure are severe lung disease and intrinsic disease of the right heart muscle, the latter of which is much less common.

Another congestive heart failure symptom is fluid accumulation in the lungs. This causes shortness of breath, especially whilst exercising and when lying flat. Sometimes patients wake up at night gasping for air.

Congestive heart failure symptoms like this mean some people can’t sleep unless they are sitting upright.

Extra fluid in the body can cause increased urination, especially at night.

Accumulated fluid in the liver and intestines, another one of the common congestive heart failure symptoms, can cause nausea, abdominal pain, and reduced appetite.

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Stem cell application can help with these congestive heart failure symptoms. Here at Angeles Health we offer patient funded stem cell application trials for congestive heart failure and other medical conditions such as COPD and others. Please contact us using the form on the right to learn more.

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