Congestive heart failure (CHF) means the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. It worsens over time. CHF causes breathing problems, swelling in the legs, and lack of strength. There are different possible causes. The most common is a problem with blood flow to the heart.
CHF is treated with habit changes and drugs. Surgery may be needed to help the heart work better and control fluid buildup. Some people may need a new heart from a donor.
CHF should not be self-treated. Work closely with your care team. Some natural therapies may be a part of your treatment plan to ease symptoms.
Herbs and supplements:
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Richard Glickman-Simon, MD
Last Updated: 3/2/2019