A Short Note On Congestive Heart Failure ( Chf )

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Introduction: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a condition in a patient where the heart doesn’t work efficiently to provide the needed oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. This can be a result of a prior heart condition that causes the debilitated heart, like: high blood pressure or a previous heart attack. The is not a condition in which the heart stops pumping, it is just that the heart can’t pump enough blood to supply the body. In some cases, the heart cannot fill with enough blood and in other cases, the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Heart failure develops over time as the heart weakens and can’t supply enough blood. It doesn 't mean the heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means the heart, which is a muscle that pumps blood to all parts of your body, is not working as well as it should and can 't pump as much blood as the body needs. As the heart 's pumping action lessens, blood can back up in the lungs, liver, or lower extremities which can cause shortness of breath, edema, and other problems. CHF is a chronic and irreversible condition. It is usually caused by underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, previous heart attacks, cardiomyopathy, and several other conditions that overwork the heart and cause it to try and compensate, unsuccessfully, over time.

Human Physiology/Pathophysiological Effects: The heart has the incredible ability to pump blood along the body. The…
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