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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Symptoms


Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that is usually the result of other underlying conditions. It is important to diagnose the underlying cause, so that the proper treatment can be given.

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There are not always noticeable symptoms for CHF as it develops. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with activity, or when lying down
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Persistent cough or wheezing cough that may be accompanied by white or blood-tinged phlegm
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Change in urine production (increase or decrease, need to urinate at night)
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased alertness

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