Heart Failure Clinic
Over five million Americans have Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). The number of people with CHF is increasing because people are living longer and learning to manage their cardiovascular diseases. One out of every 100 individuals age 65 or older has CHF. It is the most frequent cause of hospitalization for this age group, although people of all age groups can develop CHF.
Congestive heart failure is the inability of the heart to supply the body with needed nutrients and oxygen. It can occur when the heart muscle does not pump vigorously enough to propel blood forward through the body, or when the filling of the heart between beats becomes more difficult and inefficient. In both types of heart failure, fluid backs-up into the lungs and tissues. This increased pressure in the lungs results in fluid moving into the breathing and tissue spaces, causing shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal bloating, ankle swelling, weight gain, cough, a rapid pulse, nausea and/or chest discomfort.
Illinois Heart and Vascular can assist you in managing these symptoms.