Congestive Heart Failure (cont.)
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Support Groups and Counseling
Having the support of health care providers, family, and friends is essential to effectively coordinate all of the needs of a person with heart failure.
People with severe heart failure have special needs beyond standard medical care.
Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014
Terrence X O'Brien, MD, FACC
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Heart failure is the pathophysiologic state in which the heart, via an abnormality of cardiac function (detectable or not), fails to pump blood at a rate commensurate with the requirements of the metabolizing tissues and/or pumps only from an abnormally elevated diastolic filling pressure.