Medically reviewed by Dr. Mark Fox
Congestive Heart Failure is the medical description of a heart that is slowly losing its ability to pump blood throughout the body. Thanks to medical advances more and more patients are surviving until they are in “late-stage heart failure” when they may experience pain, anxiety and have trouble breathing. Unlike cancer – where the patient seems to have a steady decline – in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) a patient’s decline may be marked by a series of incidents, where the heart staggers, then rallies. During this decline, more than 75% of CHF patients report not only pain and difficulty in breathing, but also fatigue, depression and accumulation of liquid in the body (edema).