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Ask a Doctor: How to treat congestive heart failure

10:08 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
Dr. Charles Laham
Dr. Charles Laham
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Q: My best friend - who is 73 - just got diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Can you tell me more about this and how it's treated?

A: Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart pumps less blood to the body than needed to fully function. Some blood backs up causing lung "congestion" and ankle "edema."

There are two main types of heart failure. The most familiar is a weak heart due to prior heart attack or viral damage, severe heart valve leakage or untreated rapid heart beats. In the beginning, the heart can hide being slightly weak by enlarging and contracting harder and faster. As heart ...

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