If you have congestive heart failure, follow these nutrition guidelines: Check food labels, and limit salt and sodium to 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams per day. Replace salt and other high-sodium seasonings with alternatives that have no salt or are low in sodium (such as Mrs. Dash).
Blood returning from the lungs enters the left side of the heart. The left ventricle pumps that blood through the arteries to the body. CHF is not a specific diagnosis, but is a result of another underlying condition.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart does not pump efficiently and does not deliver enough oxygen to your body. Many diseases lead to CHF, such as high blood pressure and diseases of the heart and kidney.