Living with Congestive Heart Failure
Prairie Heart at HSHS St. John's Hospital
A stiff (inflexible) or weakened heart pumps blood less efficiently. Fluid may back up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath. The brain may receive less oxygen-rich blood, causing dizziness or confusion. The kidneys may receive less blood, causing them to work less efficiently. All this fluid might settle in the legs, ankles, feet and abdomen. This congestion and build up of fluid is what gives congestive heart failure (CHF) its name.
The health care team HSHS St. John’s Hospital is here to help you better understand CHF and your treatment plan