Causes of Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure develops when your ventricles can’t pump blood in sufficient volume to the body. Eventually, blood and other fluids back up inside your lungs, abdomen, liver and lower body. 

Congestive Heart Failure is the end point of many conditions that damage or weaken the heart. The most common causeof heart failure are coronary artery disease (also called hardening of the arteries), hypertension or high blood pressure. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains how this can negatively affect your body. Heart failure may be caused by some of these lifestyle habits: smoking, excessive use of alcohol, obesity and lack of exercise. It is never to late to make lifestyle changes to better your heart and health. 


Dr. Holly Atkinson

This video features Dr. Holly Atkinson. Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Duration: 01:27.
Reviewed by: Dr. Suzanne Friedman . Review date: December 13, 2016
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