Congestive heart failure cannot be treated with first aid techniques. It is a serious medical condition that can be treated only by a doctor.
The heart pumps blood throughout the human body. Congestive heart failure occurs when the pumping action of the heart slows down or decreases. This causes the blood to back up and causes circulatory congestion, which in turn leads to fluid retention. Fluid then accumulates in the lungs and body tissues.
The signs of congestive heart failure are swollen ankles, swollen legs, swollen feet, coughing, wheezing, nausea, fatigue, and confusion.
If you encounter a person you believe is suffering from congestive heart failure, try to get the person to sit up or lean forward. Seek medical care immediately.
We also offer a free certificate of completion. To receive the certificate you must pass a 50-question test with a score of 70 or higher. Check our Basic First Aid Certificate of Completion page for more information.