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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF or heart failure)


Definition: Congestive heart failure is classified as the weakening of the heart muscles causing difficulty with pumping blood throughout the body.

Examples: Diuretics are often prescribed such as furosemide (Lasix) to help expel the extra fluid by increasing the rate of urination. A low sodium diet is often necessary or blood vessel relaxing medications may be used to make is easier for the heart to pump blood. Digoxin is another medication that may assist the heart in contracting with more force so that blood makes it through the body and back to the heart.

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