Congestive Heart Failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiomyopathy, and high blood pressure. Heart failure treatment includes doctor-prescribed exercise, dietary changes, medicines, and (rarely) surgery.
Heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped working. Rather, it means that the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal. Blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body's needs. The chambers of the heart respond either by stretching to hold more blood to pump through the body or by becoming more stiff and thickened. This helps to keep the blood moving for a short while.
But in time, the heart muscle walls weaken and are unable to pump as strongly. As a result, the kidneys repond by causing the body to retain fluid (water) and sodium. If fluid builds up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, the body becomes congested. Congestive Heart Failure is the term used to describe the condition.
Innovative Research is looking for Congestive Heart Failure patients. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed wit this condition, please call to find out more information about our studies for Congestive Heart Failure.