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12 Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart is not able to pump as well as it should; it doesn’t mean the heart stops working, it only translates to the heart not working as efficiently as it should for a person to have a normal and healthy life. [1] Congestive heart failure (CHF), commonly referred to as heart failure is a stage where fluids accumulate around the heart, making it difficult for the heart to pump well. The heart is made up of ventricles and atria; the ventricles pump blood while the aorta receives blood back from the body. When Congestive Heart Failure sets in, however, the ventricles will not be able to pump enough blood, and this can cause a number of symptoms. It is imperative that any heart condition is diagnosed early while it might still be treatable. Some symptoms of CHF are discussed below, and if you begin to notice any of these, visit your doctor immediately, so that a proper diagnosis can be carried out.


When the vital organs and muscles in the body don’t receive enough blood, it is only normal to feel tired and weak. Usually, when a person carries out a physical activity that they are not used to, they might feel fatigued, however, if you discover that you can no longer carry out the day to day physical activities that you had no problem carrying out before, it might be a sign of an underlying health condition. It is also possible to feel unexplainable weakness; you might just feel weak and tired without engaging in any stress or physical activity; this is also one of the ways in which Congestive Heart Failure manifests. The best thing to do is to consult with your doctor immediately you notice this. [2]