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Congestive heart failure

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Introduction
Heart failure is a condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.
Symptoms of heart failure
The symptoms of heart failure can vary from one person to the next. The main symptoms are breathlessness, extreme tiredness and ankle swelling, which may extend up the legs.
Causes of heart failure
In most cases, heart failure does not have a single cause. There are a number of other conditions that increase your chances of developing heart failure.
Diagnosing heart failure
If you have symptoms of heart failure, your GP will ask you to describe them in detail. You will also have a physical examination.
Treating heart failure
Medicines are the main treatment for heart failure. A number of surgical options are available. Lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet and exercise are also important.
Preventing heart failure
There are many ways of reducing your chances of developing heart failure, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Living with heart failure
For heart failure, self care is an integral part of daily life. It means taking responsibility for your health and wellbeing with the support of those involved in your care.
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