In the initial stages of congestive heart failure, the patients suffer from inability to exert themselves and suffer shortness of breath. The condition will worsen with progress of time and in the final stages, other symptoms begin to appear like:
- Build up of fluid: Fluid build up in the lungs will increase discomfort while breathing. Fluid will accumulate in the other parts of the body like feet, ankles and the legs also referred to as ‘Edema’. This will cause an increase in the body weight which is an indicator of failing health. Edema can also spread to the liver, kidney or stomach making it a necessity in such patients to urinate often especially at night. Fluid accumulation in the kidneys will cause its failure.
- Mucus: When the condition of the heart worsens, coughing occurs more often. Pinkish coloration of the mucus indicates presence of blood. This is a cause for panic and will require immediate medical attention. This indicates failure of the left side of the heart. Fatigue in the patient will worsen and breathlessness will be experienced even while being inactive.
- Pain: Chest pain and headaches caused by irregular heart beat which worsen with time are indicators of degeneration in the condition of the heart. The shortness of breath will become more evident and the patient will be unable to lie down and breathe. Veins in the neck will become swollen and tender. The skin will become clammy and cold. The progression of this disorder will also cause memory loss, shortening of attentive spans, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite, heart-burns or indigestions.
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