Congestive Heart Failure

What is Congestive Heart Failure?

The heart is a muscle that works continuously, around the clock, every day of the year. Its job is to pump the blood around the body to provide oxygen and nourishment to all your tissues.

Congestive Heart Failure Sometimes, after many years of service, or after a heart attack damages it, the heart muscle may weaken a bit. It can't squeeze with its usual vigor, and as a result of the weak pumping, fluid may back up into your lungs, causing you to be short of breath, or it may pool in your legs and feet, causing them to swell and hurt. The pooled fluid, called "congestion" of the lungs, gives the disorder its name.

Congestive heart failure is a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and we urge you to use nutritional therapy as an aid to the conventional therapy that your personal physician prescribes and to inform him or her of all medications and nutrients you take.

What makes congestive heart failure worse?

• Sodium, especially in the heart muscle itself, can reach high levels in congestive heart failure. The buildup of sodium contributes to the swelling and the lung congestion. Recommendation: Eat a diet that promotes loss of sodium and fluid and don't add extra salt to your foods.

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