Congestive Heart Failure
Alternate Names : Heart Failure, CHF, Left-Sided Heart Failure
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Prevention of CHF is not always possible. In some cases, controlling the
conditions that lead to heart damage can help prevent its progress. For example, effective treatment of
high blood pressure
can help reduce the risk of CHF. Other prevention measures include:
avoiding excess alcohol intake
eating a diet designed to reduce heart disease
getting regular physical activity
quitting smoking, for people who smoke
keeping weight in a healthy range
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Left untreated, CHF can cause poor health and early death. But, new advances in treatment
can help delay its progress and decrease symptoms.
What are the risks to others?
CHF is not catching and poses no risk to others.