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  • Noisy breathing

  • Whistling when I breathe

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is congestive heart failure?

In congestive heart failure, the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Blood accumulates in the heart and fluid can build up in the lungs and other organs. This is a chronic and progressive condition that can be life-threatening and lead to organ damage. It often occurs as a result of other conditions that damage or weaken the heart over time like high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart valve disease, excessive alcohol intake diabetes, smoking and severe obesity.

Symptoms of congestive heart failure

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Difficulty breathing when lying down, which improves when sitting up

  • Blood in saliva

  • Discharge of yellow or green sputum.

  • Waking up at night with difficulty in breathing

  • Swelling of the arms or hands

  • Facial swelling

  • Unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kg/month

Questions your doctor may ask to check for congestive heart failure

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose congestive heart failure

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Do you have trouble breathing when lying down that gets better when you sit up?

  • Is there blood in your phlegm?

  • Do you have yellow or green sputum?

  • Do you wake up at night struggling to breathe?

Treatment for congestive heart failure

Treatment usually involves lifestyle and diet modification, a combination of medications, and potentially surgery or other procedures. The exact treatment regimen depends on the severity and the underlying cause of the heart failure.

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References

  • Price JF. Congestive Heart Failure in Children. Pediatr Rev. 2019 Feb;40(2):60-70. doi: 10.1542/pir.2016-0168. PMID: 30709972.

    https://publications.aap.org/pediatricsinreview/article-abstract/40/2/60/35250/Congestive-Heart-Failure-in-Children?redirectedFrom=fulltext

  • Figueroa MS, Peters JI. Congestive heart failure: Diagnosis, pathophysiology, therapy, and implications for respiratory care. Respir Care. 2006 Apr;51(4):403-12. PMID: 16563194.

    https://rc.rcjournal.com/content/51/4/403.short

  • Natanzon A, Kronzon I. Pericardial and pleural effusions in congestive heart failure-anatomical, pathophysiologic, and clinical considerations. Am J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;338(3):211-6. doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3181a3936f. PMID: 19574887.

    https://www.amjmedsci.org/article/S0002-9629(15)31877-2/fulltext

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Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD (Cardiology)

Dr. Shiraishi graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine. He worked as a cardiologist at Edogawa Hospital, and after joining Ubie, he became the Director of East Nihonbashi Internal Medicine Clinic.

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