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    What is Congestive Heart Failure?

    Damaged heart muscle can become so weak that it can no longer pump effectively, leading to cardiomyopathy and CHF.

    Coronary artery disease and heart attacks are the most frequent causes of CHF, but inherited disorders, viral infections and toxins, such as alcohol, also can cause heart muscle damage. Symptoms of CHF typically include shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and legs, abdominal swelling, fatigue, exercise intolerance, diminished appetite and depression.