Congestive Heart Failure
Owensboro Health is committed to improving health and wellness in our community. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic heart condition that affects millions of Americans. Knowing facts, risk factors, and signs and symptoms can help you know when to seek medical attention.
- Heart failure means the heart can’t pump blood efficiently throughout the body.
- If blood is not pumping well, you may feel weak, tired or dizzy.
- Heart failure causes water to leak from your blood vessels, filling the lungs and making you short of breath. It can also cause your legs, hands, feet and abdomen to swell.
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
- Lung disease
- High salt consumption
- Heart attacks, clogged or blocked arteries
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Heart valve problems
- Birth defects
Signs & Symptoms
Call 911 if you experience:
- Chest discomfort or pain lasting more than 15 minutes
- An inability to catch your breath
- Fainting or passing out
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Coughing up pink or white foamy mucus
Call your doctor if you experience:
- Weight gain of three pounds in one day or five pounds in one week
- Abnormal shortness of breath
- Swelling in legs, feet, hands or abdomen
- Feeling too tired to do normal activities
- Bloated/full feeling in stomach or loss of appetite
- Dry or wet hacking cough
- Difficulty breathing while lying down/unable to rest
- Dizzy or lightheaded feeling
Learn More About Congestive Heart Failure
Learn more about congestive heart failure at our Health Encyclopedia.
Download our Congestive Heart Failure Patient Education Booklet for a comprehensive guide to prevention, risk factors, diagnosis and management of congestive heart failure.