Congestive Heart FailureWith congestive heart failure the heart beats weaker than normal decreasing the amount of blood that moves through the body while increasing in pressure inside the heart. Your heart may respond by enlarging to hold more blood to pump or by becoming stiff. The heart muscle walls eventually weaken and become unable to pump efficiently.
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Symptoms can be mild or severe and chronic or sudden. They include:
- Shortness of breath, especially when lying down
- Coughing and wheezing
- Fatigue and weakness
- Swelling in the ankles and abdomen from retention of fluids
- Weight gain, also from fluid retention
- Dizziness and confusion
- Increased urge to urinate, especially at night