About Heart Failure
What is Heart Failure?
A healthy heart pumps oxygen–rich blood to the entire body and circulates "used" blood back to the heart. In heart failure, the heart is unable to supply enough oxygen to all parts of the body. There are several types of heart failure: left-sided or left ventricular heart failure, right-sided or right ventricular heart
failure, and congestive heart failure.
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure and heart failure are terms frequently used interchangeably. However, in congestive heart failure, blood flow slows down and begins to back up in the veins, causing excess fluids to accumulate in the body's tissues. There is most often swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can occur in other parts of the body as well. Sometimes fluid
collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath.
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Heart Failure Treatments at Penn
Learn more about advanced options for heart failure including transplant and ventricular assist devices.