Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that is usually the result of other underlying conditions. It is important to diagnose the underlying cause, so that the proper treatment can be given.
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There are not always noticeable symptoms for CHF as it develops. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Shortness of breath, especially with activity, or when lying down
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Fatigue and weakness
- Persistent cough or wheezing cough that may be accompanied by white or blood-tinged phlegm
- Rapid weight gain
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Change in urine production (increase or decrease, need to urinate at night)
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased alertness
American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000 .
Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine . 14th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2001.
Heart Failure Online website. Available at: http://www.heartfailure.org .