CHF Overview - What It Is: Part 1

CHF Overview - What It Is: Part 1

1 - Healthy Heart / CHF Weak Heart

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CHF (Congestive heart failure) is a disease that makes your heart weak.
Your heart is in the center of your chest.

The heart’s job is to pump blood around the body.
CHF Quiz Question 1
MIKE'S MOVIE HINTS:
What the Heart Does
A healthy heart is like a Super-Soaker water gun.
Super-Soakers shoot water powerfully.
A healthy heart pumps blood powerfully.

THE WEAK HEART

A CHF heart, though, is weak.

It’s not like a Super-Soaker.  No.
It’s like one of those crummy plastic water pistols your mom used to buy you at the dime store when you were a little kid.
When you have heart failure, your heart beats weakly, so places around your body get less blood than they need. And you feel tired and run down.

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