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  1. Kealey’s project offers a comprehensive understanding of congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. She starts by clarifying that CHF, also known as heart failure, does not imply a complete halt in heart function, but rather a gradual decline in the heart’s ability to contract or fill with blood adequately. Her project succinctly outlines the key features of CHF, such as blood congestion leading to fluid buildup in the body, and mentions common symptoms associated with CHF, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and swelling in various parts of the body.

    Kealey’s project underscores the impact of CHF on the pulmonary system and its correlation with hypertension, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. It further categorizes CHF into left-sided, right-sided, and high-output heart failure, providing a comprehensive understanding of its various forms. Importantly, Kealey emphasizes the role of preventive measures, particularly healthy lifestyle habits, in mitigating the risk of CHF. This empowers individuals to take control of their health and potentially prevent the onset of CHF.

    Kealey’s project addresses the reality that there is currently no definitive cure for CHF, but it reassures us that symptom management is a highly effective primary treatment option. She concludes by restating the disruptive effects of CHF on the cardiac system, particularly the increased workload placed on the heart due to inefficient blood flow.

    Ethan Griswold

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