Congestive Heart Failure

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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  • Yale Medicine is an area leader in cardiac care and heart transplants.
  • We provide individualized treatment for a holistic approach to treatment.
  • We coordinate care with the patient's family and other healthcare professionals.

If you've been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the feeling of your chest constricting can be scary. With congestive heart failure, the heart’s capacity to pump blood cannot keep up with the body’s need. 

As the heart weakens, blood begins to back up and force liquid through the capillary walls. The term “congestive” refers to the resulting buildup of fluid in the ankles and feet, arms, lungs, and/or other organs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five million Americans have congestive heart failure. However, with the correct treatment, patients can recover to good health. Yale Medicine specialists see thousands of heart patients a year, offerings cutting-edge treatments and comprehensive care.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.