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Heart Disease Center -- Congestive Heart Failure

General Overview

Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump the necessary amount of blood throughout the body. This causes blood to back up in the veins.

Preventing Congestive Heart Failure

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Preventing Congestive Heart Failure (Continued)

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American Heart Association National Center http://www.american heart.org

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health