Heart Disease Center—Congestive Heart Failure
General OverviewCongestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins.More
- What is congestive heart failure?
- What are the symptoms?
- What are the risk factors?
- How is the condition diagnosed?
- What are the treatments?
- What are the screening tests?
- How can I reduce my risk?
- What questions should I ask my healthcare provider?
Find answers in our in-depth report on congestive heart failure:
Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures
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- Bacterial endocarditis
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)
- Atherosclerosis and heart disease prevention
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- High cholesterol
- High homocysteine
- High triglycerides
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