The heart is a complex organ. Each day the heart pumps over 6,000 quarts of blood around your body. Congestive heart failure is a chronic progressive condition that causes the heart to weaken. There are two types of heart failure systolic & diastolic. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson looks at how the heart works and what exactly happens when there is heart failure.
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