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Congestive Heart Failure

Alternate Names : Heart Failure, CHF, Left-Sided Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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    Congestive Heart Failure: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Bill Harrison, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/05/02

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