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Congestive heart failure

Discover your heart risks

What does heart failure mean?

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the needs of the body’s organs. In other words, the heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently during heart failure.

Risk factors for heart failure

Some of the leading causes of heart failure include coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Smoking, obesity and family history of heart failure can also contribute to developing heart failure. While symptoms of heart failure vary by person, swelling of the legs, irregular heartbeats or other unexplained symptoms like shortness of breath or dizziness could be early signs of heart failure.

Symptoms of heart failure

Some of the most common symptoms you may experience are reduced energy, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath and swelling in the legs.

If you feel you are at risk for congestive heart failure, or have recently been diagnosed and need more information, find a Novant Health heart and vascular expert near you.