Heart failure in children - overview

Congestive heart failure - children; Cor pulmonale - children; Cardiomyopathy - children; CHF - children; Congenital heart defect - heart failure in children; Cyanotic heart disease - heart failure in children; Birth defect of the heart - heart failure in children

Heart failure is a condition that results when the heart is no longer able to effectively pump oxygen-rich blood to meet the oxygen needs of the body's tissues and organs.

Heart failure can occur when:

  • Your child's heart muscle weakens and cannot pump (eject) the blood out of the heart very well.
  • Your child's heart muscle is stiff and the heart does not fill up with blood as easily.



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