Congestive Heart Failure. Actress Elizabeth Taylor, 78, was hospitalized Friday for congestive heart failure, a condition she has been suffering with since at least 2004. What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body.
Congestive heart failure can be caused by:
- diseases that weaken the heart muscle,
- diseases that cause stiffening of the heart muscles, or
- diseases that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the capability of the heart to deliver adequate oxygen-rich blood.
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