Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a broad term used to apply to a variety of heart conditions characterized by a constellation of symptoms usually including shortness of breath, fluid overload often resulting in leg swelling, fatigue and diminished ability to walk or exercise. CHF can be caused by other heart diseases including heart attacks, heart infections, heart valve problems, and hypertension or high blood pressure. Once CHF is diagnosed, a complete heart evaluation is often performed including echocardiography and other non-invasive or invasive tests.
Adequate treatment of CHF requires a strong relationship among yourself, your primary medical doctor, and your cardiologist and often draws on the expertise of nutritionists, nurse practitioners, and other specialists. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the treatment of CHF has made dramatic advances over the past five years and many more are to be expected. Currently, there are highly effective medications to both treat the acute symptoms and to stabilize the condition for the long-term.
* Dr. Robert Moskowitz was the head of the Congestive Heart Failure Program at Montefiore Medical Center before joining Cardiac Specialists.
Please visit other sites including the American Heart Association and the NIH for further reading material and feel to contact your physician at Cardiac Specialists with any questions.