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Many of the symptoms of CHF (congestive heart failure) are associated with the congestion that develops as fluid backs up into the lungs and leaks into the tissues. Other symptoms occur because not enough oxygen-rich blood gets to the body.
The effects of heart failure on the body depend on which side of the heart is affected.
In this type of failure, the heart muscles on the right side thicken, so that the muscle becomes very relaxed (floppy).
Blood that normally enters the right side from the body begins to back up.
This blood backs up into the body and causes the veins in the body and tissues surrounding
the heart to swell.
Symptoms of right-side heart failure include:
The weakened heart muscle no longer can keep up with the demands of the body for oxygen-rich blood.
Back-up into the lungs occurs. Symptoms of left-side heart failure include: