Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a chronic, progressive condition that affects the pumping power of the heart muscle. The heart cannot pump enough blood to the body, and eventually, blood and other fluids may accumulate inside other organs and body parts, such as the lungs, abdomen, liver, legs and feet.
CHF symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs and rapid heartbeat.
Nearly 5.8 million people in the US are currently living with CHF, and approximately 550,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Half of these patients have an average life expectancy of less than five years. And of those with the most severe form of heart failure almost 90% are expected to die within one year, according to the Heart Failure Society of America.