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Why does congestive heart failure cause water retention?

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.... resulting in swollen ankles, legs and abdomen (called edema) and weight gain. Symptoms may also include an increased need to urinate during the night. Less blood to your major organs and muscles causes fatigue (tiredness) and weakness when exercising. Less blood to the brain also causes dizziness or confusion. • A feeling of fullness (bloating) in your stomach. A loss of appetite or nausea may also occur. Heart beating faster to pump enough blood to the body causes rapid or irregular heartbeats. Congested lungs (caused by fluid backing up in the lungs) -- cause shortness of breath with exercise or difficulty breathing at rest or when laying flat at night. Also cause dry, hacking cough or wheezing. The signs and symptoms of heart failure may be mild to severe, depending on how weak your heart is. The congestive heart failure symptoms are related to the changes that occur in your heart and body. If you have heart failure or congestive heart failure, you may have one or all of ... more
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.... resulting in swollen ankles, legs and abdomen (called edema) and weight gain. Symptoms may also include an increased need to urinate during the night. Less blood to your major organs and muscles causes fatigue (tiredness) and weakness when exercising. Less blood to the brain also causes dizziness or confusion. • A feeling of fullness (bloating) in your stomach. A loss of appetite or nausea may also occur. Heart beating faster to pump enough blood to the body causes rapid or irregular heartbeats. Congested lungs (caused by fluid backing up in the lungs) -- cause shortness of breath with exercise or difficulty breathing at rest or when laying flat at night. Also cause dry, hacking cough or wheezing. The signs and symptoms of heart failure may be mild to severe, depending on how weak your heart is. The congestive heart failure symptoms are related to the changes that occur in your heart and body. If you have heart failure or congestive heart failure, you may have one or all of ... more
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