What Is Congenital Heart Failure?


What doe congenital heart failure mean? Is that caused by congenital heart disease?


If heart failure is caused by a congenital heart defect or an acquired heart problem such as rheumatic valve disease, surgical repair of the problem may be necessary. The heart problem is called congenital heart failure.


What is congenital heart failure?


A heart failure does not mean that your heart stops working. Instead, it means that the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. Thus, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s needs. The heart muscle walls may eventually weaken and become unable to pump as efficiently.

As a result, the kidneys may respond by causing the body to retain fluid and salt. If fluid builds up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, the body become congested. This condition is called congenital heart failure.


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