Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure (CHF) or advanced congestive heart failure, is a condition in which weakened or stiff heart muscles reduce the heart’s ability to effectively pump blood—and the oxygen and nutrients in that blood—to the rest of the body. CHF can be caused by a number of things including:
- Cardiomyopathy (weak or deteriorated heart muscle)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
Heart failure symptoms vary widely and include shortness of breath, fluid buildup and weight gain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness and fatigue. Advanced stages of heart failure can make it hard to do everyday tasks like walking, climbing stairs, or basic chores. CMC’s Heart Failure Clinic
offers advanced treatment and support for patients with heart failure, including CardioMEMSTM
for heart failure management. This clinic is staffed by cardiologists and nurses who are certified in heart failure.