Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms will depend on upon the side of the heart that is affected.
Left-side congestive heart failure causes fatigue and shortness of breath during even mild exertion.
Other symptoms include a wheezing or a hacking cough and shortness of breath during sleep, called orthopnea.
One particularly serious symptom is pulmonary edema, a condition in which fluids accumulate in the lungs.
Right-side congestive heart failure reduces the amount of blood returning to the heart. The main symptom is swelling, usually of the feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen, as the veins and tissues throughout the body fill up with the excess fluid.
Patients with right-heart failure often feel tired, have little appetite, and experience weight gain because they retain so much salt and water.
With treatment, patients may live with right-heart failure for many years. Because of the risk of pulmonary edema, left-heart failure is more life threatening.
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