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Containing an abnormal amount of blood; in a state of congestion.


having an excessive accumulation of a substance such as blood. The condition may be the result of increased production of the substance and/or outflow of the substance. It also can result from a decreased ability of the heart to pump, leading to lung congestion.


ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion.


Containing an abnormal amount of blood or tissue fluid; in a state of congestion.

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Q. What Is the Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure? My mother is 76 years ols and has been suffering from a heart disease for many years. Lately she has developed congestive heart failure. How is this situation treated?

A. In addition to everything else, she might try CoQ10, a supplement available at most nutrition stores.

"Congestive heart failure has been strongly correlated with significantly low blood and tissue levels of CoQ10 ....

[In numerous studies] treatment with CoQ10 significantly improved heart muscle function while producing no adverse effects or drug interactions."

Q. congestive heart failure how it works is it to do with fluid built up in your body

A. Congestive heart failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The "failing" heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should. People with heart failure can't exert themselves because they become short of breath and tired.
As blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up, causing congestion in the tissues. Often swelling (edema) results. Most often there's swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can happen in other parts of the body, too. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath, especially when a person is lying down.
Heart failure also affects the kidneys' ability to dispose of sodium and water. The retained water increases the edema.

Q. describe the symptoms of congestive heart failure

A. From my own expierience, EM24 gave an accurate answer. My edema also affects my hands as well as ankles. I was given a Xopenex HFA inhaler to use if lungs are affected.

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The blood congested in his eyes till they bulged, while the tears ran down his cheeks.
Behind the police rearguard, at a respectful distance, was an orderly but vociferous mob, several blocks in length, that congested the street from sidewalk to sidewalk.
A little later the regiment was ordered out of line to relieve the congested front, and through some misplay in the game of battle was not again under fire.
They congested the doorway, pushing for precedence--resolving themselves at length into a line and moving up step by step.
In repose, his congested face had a humorously melancholy expression.
He saw a congested flood of wagons, trucks, cabs, vans and street cars filling the vast space where Broadway, Sixth Avenue and Thirly-fourth street cross one another as a twenty-six inch maiden fills her twenty-two inch girdle.
But so many were the men who had rushed into the Klondike, and so many were the sweethearts, wives, and kin that had not rushed in, that the congested mail was taking on Alpine proportions; also, there were official orders.
That makes them hugely popular in Southern California's congested market.
So it turns out that the Oxnard-Ventura area is one of the most congested areas in the country.
The unlicensed bands are becoming increasingly congested as more devices, and types of devices, are now available and in use.
Hibernia's network provides diverse cable routes, which do not traverse traditional, congested oceanic routes, like the UK's Bude, Sennen and Porthcurno areas or the US's Long Island, NY and NJ beach waterways.