Congestive Heart Failure

Definition of Congestive Heart Failure:

A condition where the heart is unable to supply the body with enough blood, which leads to a buildup of fluid in the lungs and surrounding body tissues.

Also: Heart Failure

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine a treatment
“...L-carnitine, aside from being an incredible anti-aging nutrient, also has shown benefit for multiple medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease such as angina and congestive heart failure, liver and kidney disease, obstructive lung disease, hypoglycemia, and many others...”


...the condition
“...This can be caused by long-term alcohol abuse, heart failure, cancer, seizures, liver failure, a prolonged lack of oxygen, starvation, or low blood sugar...”
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Alzheimer's Disease

...the condition
“...These include heart failure, liver disease, kidney failure, thyroid disorders, respiratory diseases, vitamin B12 deficiency, and sexually-transmitted disease such as syphilis or AIDS...”

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“Being severely underweight can cause heart failure.”

Arjun a treatment
“...Although it has many uses, it is mainly used to treat cardiovascular diseases including angina pectoris, cardiomyopathy, and congestive heart failure.  It possesses remarkable cardioprotective, heart muscle-strengthening properties...”


...related topic
“...Arrhythmias may cause serious conditions such as shock and congestive heart failure, or even death.”


...the condition
“...Treatment usually is not needed unless you have several extra beats in a row and/or other problems with your heart (such as heart disease or congenital heart failure).  Ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation...”


...the condition
“...It can be caused by liver disease, various cancers, congestive heart failure, or kidney failure...”


...the condition
“...Critical limb ischemia occurs when these problems progress to cause tissue death (gangrene), sometimes requiring amputation; Pre-gangrene of the lower limbs; Cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure; Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack); Transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke; Premature renal failure; Damage to blood vessels, muscles, or body organs...”
...recommendation Hawthorn Berry Extract
“...deposits on arterial walls, prevent free radical damage, reduce peripheral vascular resistance, angina, cholesterol, and increase coronary and myocardial perfusion; hawthorn has a historic use in congestive heart failure; dosage 3 to 5gm as either dried herb, solid extract, or liquid extract...”

Bayberry a treatment
“...Bayberry affects the sodium-potassium balance in the body, so those patients for whom this is important – such as people with kidney disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure, for example – should seek medical advice before using bayberry...”

Cardiac Ischemia

...the condition
“...Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy) caused by Ischemia is a leading cause of heart failure.  The following factors can increase one's risk of developing Ischemia...”


...related topic
“...rare chronic disease where the heart muscle is abnormally enlarged, thickened, and/or stiffened, unable to pump blood effectively, resulting in irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and possibly heart failure.”
...recommendation Hawthorn Berry Extract
“Hawthorn can be an effective therapy for congestive heart failure, which is the main complication of cardiomyopathy...”
...recommendation CoQ10 (Ubiquinone)
“...Pioneering trials of CoQ10 in cases of heart failure involved primarily patients with dilated weak heart muscle of unknown cause (idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy)...”
...recommendation Arjun
“...A clinical trial using 500mg of an extract tid for DCM patients with severe heart failure showed improvement in heart function within 2 weeks and improvement which continued for the following 2 years...”

Chagas Disease

...the condition
“...Cardiac problems, including an enlarged heart, altered heart rate or rhythm, heart failure, or cardiac arrest are symptoms of chronic disease...”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...the condition
“...Hypertension, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, obstructions of the urinary tract, glomerulonephritis, and other disorders should be treated as appropriate...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Severe reactions to prescription drugs, prolonged exposure to environmental toxins, the parasitic infection schistosomiasis, and repeated bouts of heart failure with liver congestion can each lead to cirrhosis...”

Colon Cleansing a treatment
“...Long-term or excessive cleansing programs can lead to problems such as anemia, malnutrition and even heart failure.  The orthodox medical establishment perceives colon hydrotherapy to be little more than a bowel rinse, or expensive laxative...”

Congestive Heart Failure

...the condition
“Alternative names: Cardiac Insufficiency Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious condition in which the heart is not pumping well enough to meet the body's demand for oxygen...”
...our question about Unexplained nausea
“Accumulation of fluid (due to congestive heart failure) in the liver and intestines may cause nausea, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.”
...relationship to Pneumonia
Heart failure is a risk factor for the development of pneumonia.”
...relationship to Carcinoid Cancer
“Metastatic carcinoid disease can result in congestive heart failure by causing progressive fibrosis of the right-sided chambers and valves.”
...recommendation CoQ10 (Ubiquinone)
“...Specifically, congestive heart failure (from a wide variety of causes) has been strongly correlated with significantly low blood and tissue levels of CoQ10...”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“Whole fruit and fruit and vegetable juice, both high in potassium, are recommended by some doctors for congestive heart failure (CHF).  This dietary change should, however, be discussed with a healthcare provider because several drugs given to people with CHF can actually cause retention of potassium...”
...recommendation Diuretics
“Potassium-sparing diuretics such as Aldactone or Dyrenium help the body to retain potassium and are often used in congestive heart failure patients, often along with the other two types of diuretics...”

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...the condition
“...As the disease progresses, these patients develop signs of right-sided heart failure and are known as "blue bloaters"...”

CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) a treatment
“...Initially, doses as small as 30-45mg per day were associated with measurable clinical responses in patients with heart failure.  Additional studies have used higher doses with improved clinical response, again in patients with heart failure...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...the condition
“Alternative names: Myocardial Infarction, MI, Acute Myocardial Infarction Irreversible and unexpected, heart failure is the leading cause of death in Western countries...”
...our question about Pain in the upper-right abdomen under rib cage
“...Congestive heart failure may stretch the liver capsule.”

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

...the condition
“...Other risk factors include ... Heart failure, leading to reduced heart and lung function...”

Edema (Water Retention)

...the condition
“...Congestive heart failure due to decreased pumping action of the heart muscle causes fluid buildup in the lungs and other parts of the body...”


...the condition
“...If treatment is delayed, heart function deteriorates, resulting in congestive heart failure and possible death...”

Excessive Fatigue

...relationship to Congestive Heart Failure
“An early symptom of congestive heart failure is fatigue.”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Severe deficiencies can result in congestive heart failure.”
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Guillain-Barre Syndrome

...the condition
“...Heart failure may occur due to strain...”

Hawthorn Berry Extract a treatment
“...Used frequently in cases of congestive heart failure and high blood pressure; it is the hyperosides and the vitexins (especially the vitexin-2 rhamnoside) that are present in hawthorn enabling it to effect these conditions...”


...related topic
“...Enlarged liver, skin discoloration, diabetes mellitus, and heart failure may occur.”

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

...relationship to Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure occurs in about 7% of symptomatic patients with hemochromatosis...”

Histiocytosis X

...the condition
“...Death usually results from respiratory failure or heart failure.”

Hot Applications (Thermotherapy) a treatment
“...Recent studies indicate that a combination of thermotherapy and cryotherapy may help stroke patients recover arm function and may ease symptoms in people with heart failure.  Other recent research suggests that a microwave form of thermotherapy might benefit women with advanced cervical cancer...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...High blood pressures can lead to other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney damage, dementia and blindness...”


...the condition
“...The elderly often present with depressed mood, confusion, heart failure, irregular pulse rate and a myriad of symptoms that do not readily suggest an acceleration of metabolism...”

Hypoalbuminemia (A low albumin level)

...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“Hypoalbuminemia can be caused by certain heart conditions such as congestive heart failure or pericarditis that lead to low albumin levels in the blood.”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Dehydration; Kidney disease or kidney failure, in which the kidneys have difficulty eliminating fluids; Liver cirrhosis; Heart failure; Disorders in organs that control the body's regulation of sodium or water...”

L-Arginine a treatment
“...Working on the peripheral arterioles, it is used to treat or prevent heart failure (the inability of the heart as a pump to keep up with the bodily needs of supply)...”

Liver Function Test Requirement

...the condition
“...or rule out conditions such as suspected liver disease, terminal liver failure, kidney disease, pancreatitis, damage due to alcohol (ab)use, glandular fever, vitamin B6 deficiency, heart disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, liver trauma, muscle damage, metastases (certain cancers), healing fractures, Paget's liver disease, hyperparathyroidism, hepatic damage (e.g. hepatitis, toxins...”

L-Taurine a treatment
“...Taurine has been considered effective therapy for congestive heart failure.  In heart muscle, taurine is essential for proper calcium balance and metabolism...”

Marfan's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Defects of the aortic valve can lead to serious heart failure.  In addition, the main artery in the body, the aorta, can become dangerously weakened and rupture...”

Mesenteric Ischemia

...the condition
“...Risk factors include atrial fibrillation, heart failure, chronic renal failure, being prone to forming blood clots, and previous myocardial infarction...”

Meyer's Cocktail a treatment
“...The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia...”

Muscular Dystrophy

...the condition
“...Drooling; Drooping eyelids ("ptosis"); Mental retardation is also possible; Hypotonia (poor muscle tone); As the disease progresses, it may lead to: Heart Trouble Arrhythmia; Heart Failure; Lung Ailments Lung Infections, such as Pneumonia; Choking; Collapsed Lung; Respiratory Failure; The different types are distinguished by factors such as: age at which symptoms...”

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

...the condition
“...investigation can include ... Blood tests that help eliminate other causes of cytopenias, for example lupus, hepatitis, B12, folate deficiency, other vitamin deficiencies, renal failure or heart failure, HIV, hemolytic anemia, monoclonal gammopathy...”


...the condition
“...Over many years, a chronic enterovirus heart infection and the body's response to that infection can lead to irreversible heart muscle damage and heart failure.  Some cases of myocarditis may progress to congestive heart failure...”
...related topic
“...It can then cause heart failure (with symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid accumulation in the lungs, etc...”


...the condition
“...In addition to aging, nocturia may also be symptomatic of the use of diuretic substances (including caffeine and alcohol), prescription drugs, edema from heart failure, insomnia, pain and prostate or bladder disorders.”
...relationship to Congestive Heart Failure
“Edema fluid that collects in tissues during the day due to heart failure can result in increased night time urination.”


...related topic
“Often NYHA guidelines: New York Heart Association guidelines specifying degrees of heart failure.  Stage I – no effect on physical performance...”


...the condition
“...Lung, kidney and heart failure may all occur in severe cases...”


...the condition
“...Involvement of the arteries of the heart may cause a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction), heart failure and inflammation of the sack around the heart (pericarditis)...”

Pulmonary Fibrosis

...the condition
“...Possible complications include ... Heart failure and/or pulmonary hypertension, caused by having to pump harder to force blood through narrowed pulmonary arteries...”

Rheumatic Heart Disease

...the condition
“...The most advanced condition is congestive heart failure.  This is a heart disease in which the heart enlarges and can not pump out all of its blood.”


...our question about Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
“Symptoms of sarcoidosis can include development of abnormal or missed beats, inflammation of the covering of the heart (pericarditis) or even heart failure.”

Shortness Of Breath

...the condition
“...(scarred or damaged lungs); Deconditioning due to lack of exercise; Sarcoidosis (abnormal collections of inflammatory cells in the body); TB (Tuberculosis); Arrhythmias (heart rhythm problems); Heart failure; Cardiomyopathy (chronic disease of the heart muscle); Anemia (an abnormally low level of red blood cells...”

Sideroblastic Anemia

...the condition
“...Possible complications of sideroblastic anemia include ... Congestive heart failure...”

Spicy Foods Avoidance a treatment
“...Capsaicin can cause a dramatic increase in circulating blood volume and rapid heartbeat, which in turn can lead to acute heart failure or sudden cardiac death...”

Thuja a treatment
“...Herbalists prescribe thuja for the following ... Treating coughs and other respiratory ailments (including strep throat and respiratory distress related to congestive heart failure), and viral and bacterial infections; antiasthmatic...”

Thyroid Storm

...related topic
“A rare and potentially fatal complication of hyperthyroidism that can cause heart failure, heart attack, or multiorgan failure...”


...the condition
“...Possible complications include arrhythmias from heart inflammation (myocarditis); heart failure; encephalitis; pneumonia.”

Vitamin CoQ10 Need

...the condition
“...In patients with heart failure they have a significant harmful effect which can be negated by oral CoQ10 supplementation...”
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