High blood pressure, a buildup of scar tissue and narrowed arteries can lead to mild congestive heart failure, a condition which limits the amount of blood flowing to other organs. Treatment ranges from medication to a heart transplant, depending on the amount of damage done to the heart.
Mild congestive heart failure remains easily identifiable, the most common symptoms being shortness of breath, as well as swollen legs and ankles. Fluid pooled in the lungs leads to breathing problems, while swelling normally occurs as a result of blood being backed up in the veins.
It’s not uncommon for congestive heart failure to bring about such other conditions as nausea, rapid heartbeat and a decreased appetite.
If not treated immediately, mild congestive heart failure can lead to other serious problems, such as infected heart valves and kidney failure.
A distended stomach can be a sign of congestive heart failure, caused by the buildup of fluid in the abdomen.
A healthy lifestyle, including a low-salt diet, exercise and stress-free living, can help prevent the onset of mild congestive heart failure.