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About 11 years ago, my grandpa was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body’s needs. It is a very serious situation, and it is very scary to see someone you love be diagnosed with it.

Some early symptoms of congestive heart failure include fatigue, shortness of breath, frequent urination, excessive amount of coughing and extreme swelling in the ankles, legs, and in the feet. You may notice that some things that used to be easy for you may become more difficult. For example, my grandpa used to be able to walk 5 miles every day without any problems, then he began to slowly have issues such as shortness of breath, and his feet were always swelling up.

A few causes of congestive heart failure include high blood pressure, a history of alcohol abuse, and disorder of heart valves. There is no certain age at which you get diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but it usually occurs in older people. You have to make sure that you follow a healthy diet, which limits salty foods and foods with a lot of fat. It is very important that if you have already been diagnosed with congestive heart failure that you follow a specific diet, because if you do not it could result in death.

There are many different ways that congestive heart failure can be diagnosed. The most useful way to diagnose it is through a test called echocardiogram, in which an ultrasound is used to see the heart muscle, valve structure, and the blood flow. A few other ways are through thorough patient history, carefully examining the heart such as the pulse, heart size, and the sound.

Congestive heart failure is very scary situation for anyone, especially when you witness someone very close to you have it. I recommend anyone who has any of the symptoms of congestive heart failure go see a doctor soon, because it is a very serious condition. My grandpa has had to wear two different pace makers in the last 12 years to...
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