What is Congestive Heart Failure?

Famed actress Elizabeth Taylor died this week at the age of 79. Taylor’s cause of death is listed as congestive heart failure. Whenever someone as famous as Elizabeth Taylor suffers from, or in this case, dies from a disease or disorder, we want to learn more about it.

Millions live with congestive heart failure

The American Heart Association says there are about 5 million Americans living with congestive heart failure today. It’s probably one of the most challenging conditions for a lot of senior citizens. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people 65 and older go into the hospital.

What is congestive heart failure?

According to the AHA, CHF is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs. The “failing” heart keeps working, but not as efficiently as it should. Here’s a short interview with the AHA about CHF, it’s causes, symptoms and treatments:

Congestive heart failure is treatable

Fortunately, the AHA says heart failure can be treated. Getting good medical care, following doctor’s orders and learning about heart failure will help you lead a comfortable life.

 

 

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