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Conditions We Treat: Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood to provide what the body demands, resulting in a reduction in blood flow to the body and a backup (congestion) of blood into the lungs. It is often the end stage or final outcome of many cardiovascular conditions.
Congestive Heart Failure: What You Need to Know
- Many disorders can cause congestive heart failure, such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, infections, heart valve issues, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, anemia and diabetes.
- Complications include swelling of the legs (edema), kidney problems and fluid in the lungs.
- Your doctor may use a chest X-ray, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), blood tests and/or a physical examination to make a diagnosis.
- Your doctor’s goals will be to treat underlying conditions, relieve the symptoms or outcomes of congestive heart failure and help your heart work more efficiently.
Congestive heart failure is a leading cause of death in Americans over age 60.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute for treatment of congestive heart failure?
Our Patient Care
The Heart Failure Bridge Clinic reduces hospital readmissions by educating patients before they go home.Learn more about the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic.