Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure is when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It occurs when blood begins to back up because the heart is not pumping well and the veins, tissues and lungs become congested with fluid.

Treatment: Treatment often includes medication and a special low-sodium diet. Goals of treatment are:

  • Reduce the workload on your heart
  • Get rid of extra water in your body
  • Improve the ability of your heart to pump
  • Treat any problems that make your condition worse

Limits on your activity will depend on how severe your heart failure is. Most people benefit from a gentle exercise program.