When you have congestive heart failure it means that the heart is unable to pump sufficient oxygen-rich blood to the different parts of body to meet the body's demand for oxygen.
Usually congestive heart failure is cause due to weak heart muscle, diseases that stiffen the heart muscle or by diseases the cause the demand for oxygen to increase more than what the heart is capable of supplying.
Is congestive heart failure terminal? Well, it can be terminal but with early diagnosis and proper treatment, it can be controlled. The two lower chambers of the heart, the left and right ventricle, are the pumping chambers. They are muscular chambers that are responsible for pumping the blood out of the heart. If a disease weakens the ventricles, they will be unable to properly function and thus the pumping action of the heart will be affected causing congestive heart failure. Heart attacks or infections can cause damage to the ventricles.
Then there are certain diseases like amyloidosis that can cause stiffening of the heart muscle and this can damage the ventricles ability to relax and fill up with blood. Usually stiffening of heart muscles in most people occurs due to high blood pressure.
Congestive heart failure can affect other organs of the body besides the heart. It can affect the kidney, lungs, liver or the intestines. To answer the question: is congestive heart failure terminal? Well, if other organs have been seriously damaged due to congestive heart failure, the disease could be terminal. In addition, if congestive heart failure is not treated, it will affect all the organs of the body and could lead to death.
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