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What is aquapherisis treatment for congestive heart failure?

Aquapheresis treatment for congestive heart failure is a process by which blood is removed from the person's body through an intravenous line and excess water and salt are removed from it. Then the filtered blood is returned to the body. It is something like what dialysis does for kidney failure patients. Aquapheresis is a little easier on the kidneys than taking high doses of diuretics, or "water pills." This therapy effectively makes people with congestive heart failure less swollen and short of breath from their heart failure.

Aquapherisis uses a large IV to drain fluid from the lungs and can help alleviate shortness of breath associated with congestive heart failure.

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