What To Expect With Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure indicates a health condition, in which heart of a person fails to send fresh blood in sufficient amount to fulfill the key requirements of a human body. Whenever cardiologists/doctors diagnose people with the mentioned condition, their first reaction comes as a combination of fear, shock and disbelief for understandable reasons. The terminology of heart failure is enough for any person to create worry feelings in the life. In fact, the first instinct comes in the mind that how long a person may live with the mentioned condition.

What To Expect With Congestive Heart Failure?

What To Expect With Congestive Heart Failure?

Prognosis associated with congestive heart failure will vary directly with the way, in which you become able to reduce your factors intended towards increasing its risk. Risk factors of the problem are-

Each of the mentioned risk factors has both lifestyle and genetic components. Hence, any individuals with blood relatives or parents suffering from the problem should make sure to take extra care of the lifestyle factors, which include leading a sedentary type of lifestyle, consumption of alcohol, cigarette or tobacco smoking, failing to manage stress properly and many more.

Prognosis And Expectations Depends On Congestive Heart Failure Stages

A large number of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have found that prognosis and expectations of any patient suffering from congestive heart failure depend on its different stages. Considering this fact, we will have a look on its different stages and related aspects of the problem.

Congestive Heart Failure does not take place in one day. Instead, it requires many months or even years in some cases to develop. In order to assist patients, so that they undergo with proper treatments, cardiologists use a four-stage base classification of the congestive heart failure problem. Each stage accompanies specific mechanisms, which take place within the human body, but the thing that matters actually is those, which we may easily get from outside in the form of symptoms. Considering symptoms, we have to take the problem in a serious way.

Details On Congestive Heart Failure Stages

Stages present in the Congestive Heart Failure in accordance with this approach are mentioned here.

Stage 1 Of Congestive Heart Failure

Patients in the stage 1 of the CHF problem do not face any difficulty while walking, moving via stairs or doing any other regular physical activity. In simple words, the first stage does not cause any problem related to palpitations, fatigue or shortness in one’s breath. However, when a person walks on a treadmill, goes for a brisk walk, jogs or moves about 4 to 5 stairs, he/she feels tired or breathless.

Stage 2 Of Congestive Heart Failure

Individuals get comfortable feelings when they take rest. However, once they walk a block or take about a few stairs flight, they feel breathless, experience fatigue or tiredness and feel as heart racing.

Stage 3 Of Congestive Heart Failure

Patients at the third stage of the Congestive Heart Failure often feel okay or do not suffer from any breathing problem until and unless they remain in rest condition.

However, in this stage, even the simplest task, such as getting up from a chair or a safe and walk to the bedroom may force a person to pant, have rest or get the palpitation feelings.

Stage 4 Of Congestive Heart Failure

Stage 4 of Congestive Heart Failure is the final stage and the complicated stage suffered by CHF patients. During this stage, a person feels his or her heart and breathing at relatively faster rate even during rest. In addition, a person gets tiredness feelings even when he/she sits and feels anxiety as well as palpitations for most of the times in a day.


Prognosis and life expectancy of a person thus vary according to the severity of the symptoms dealt by individuals in different stages of the Congestive Heart Failure. However, individuals have to understand heart failure symptoms properly and identify the condition early to avoid deterioration in the near future.

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Last Modified On:March 7, 2019

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