It’s possible for a body’s heart to start pumping less efficiently. It’s needing to work harder to try to get blood circulated, or it’s just not able to keep the blood flowing at maximum efficiency. This is known as congestive heart failure. The blood vessels around the body are put under extreme pressure during congestive heart failure and fluids move into a body’s tissues as well. Symptoms for congestive heart failure vary. This is because the symptoms will be localized around the areas of each person’s body which are lacking in blood.
Causes. Congestive heart failure can have a few causes. Other heart problems or heart diseases can commonly cause it. It’s also possible for damaged blood vessels or arteries. Cardiomyopathy (having a weaker heart muscle) is a common cause. Other causes include blocked coronary arteries (ischemic cardiomyopathy), blocked blood vessels (non-ischemic cardiomyopathy) and damaged heart valves. Infections and high blood pressure can also cause congestive heart failure. Finally, people who use cocaine or alcohol can cause congestive heart failure as well.