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Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure or CHF is the most common reason for hospitalization in the United States. It occurs when the heart function is not able to keep up with the demands of the body. It can occur when 1) the heart function is weak or reduced (systolic CHF) 2) the heart is not weak but the filling of the heart is abnormal (diastolic CHF) or 3) abnormal heart valve function. Excessive fluid and blood deposits in the lungs, abdomen, legs, and other part of the body and the patient can experience fatigue, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Treatment for this condition often involves determining what caused the CHF and medications to strengthen the heart and remove excess fluid.

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