Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Life expectancy with congestive heart failure varies depending on the severity of the condition, genetics, age, and other factors. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one-half of all people diagnosed with congestive heart failure will survive beyond five years. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs and rapid heartbeat. Treatments can include eating less salt, limiting fluid intake and taking prescription medication. In some cases a defibrillator or pacemaker may be implanted. There is no cure for heart failure. Damage to your heart muscle may improve but will not go away.