Your Guide to Living With Congestive Heart Failure

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition that develops when your heart loses its ability to supply your body with blood the way it normally should. It can lead to a lack of oxygen in your body, which can affect your other organs and bodily systems. Almost 5 million people in the United States live with CHF, with doctors diagnosing more than a half a million new cases every year. This health condition affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

There are different stages and types of heart failure that can occur based on the different ways CHF can affect your heart and body. Various factors can influence whether or not you develop CHF — and how extensive it might become if you’re diagnosed. Fortunately, there’s a variety of different ways to address the symptoms of CHF. If you or a loved one are facing a CHF diagnosis, it’s important to understand what this condition involves — and what to expect from treatment — to manage symptoms and live comfortably.