Heart Failure: Learn to Recognize Symptoms (00:02:06)

What is Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure can affect one or both sides of the heart and may mean your heart fails to pump normally, fails to fill normally, or both.

  • Chronic heart failure is a long-term condition that develops over time, requiring on-going management and treatment.
  • Acute heart failure is an emergency situation requiring immediate care.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms

Congestive heart failure symptoms vary slightly whether they are chronic or acute heart failure. Chronic symptoms are comparable to acute, but acute symptoms can be more severe and start or get worse suddenly.

  • Shortness of breath when you exercise or lie down
  • Fatique or weakness
  • Swelling in your abdomen, legs, ankles and feet
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Difficulty doing physical activity
  • Frequent cough or wheezing with white or pink foamy mucus
  • Sudden fluid buildup
  • Lack of appetite and nausea
  • Difficulty concentrating or reduced alertness
  • Chest pain

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you are experiencing chest pain as it could be a heart attack.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment

At the UVM Medical Center, University of Vermont Medical Group cardiologists who specialize in heart failure thoroughly assess your symptoms and make a diagnosis.

Patients with congestive heart failure are often first treated by a general cardiologist. We offer a team of excellent, experienced general cardiologists who will work with you at our conveniently located outpatient facility in South Burlington to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Trust Your Heart To Our Heart Failure Experts

What does all of this mean to you as a patient? It means you have access to some of the best cardiac care available in the country provided by nationally renowned specialists, right here in Vermont.

Related Documents

The UVM Medical Center's Heart Failure Program Brochure (PDF)