C O N G E S T I V E   H E A R T  F A I L U R E


Heart failure at one time was an almost untreatable disorder. Times have changed. Today, there are many important and effective measures that can be utilized to improve the symptoms, and the survival, of patients with congestive heart failure. Perhaps more than in other conditions, it is important to understand what is going on, and for the patient to participate in the care of this condition.

It is very common, affecting over 2 million people in the United States including one in 10 people over the age of 75, and is the leading cause of hospital admissions for patients in the Medicare population.  It is increasing in frequency as our population ages and as we find better ways to help people survive initial heart attacks -- they now can survive to experience CHF.

It may be worthwhile to learn or review about [ How the Heart Works ] now or at some point in your reading of this section.

ęCOPY;1997 HeartPoint   Updated June 1998

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