Heart failure, or congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when your heart is damaged and too weak to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. Fluid pools in your body’s tissues, causing swelling and life-threatening lung congestion.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for helping consumers make informed healthcare choices regarding doctors and facilities. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates approximately 4,500 hospitals and healthcare systems on their performances on the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Star ratings are an evaluation of the hospital’s actual performance as compared to the predicted performance for that hospital based on a specific risk-adjustment model applied to that hospital.