Heart Failure

Heart Failure

About Heart Failure

Heart failure is when the heart can’t keep up with its workload. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Learn more about how this can develop.

Warning Signs of Heart Failure

Heart failure requires you to pay close attention to changes in symptoms. Reduce your chances of hospital visits by understanding your symptoms and knowing when they signal trouble. Learn what warning signs to watch for.

Causes and Risks for Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65 years and older. But this condition is not limited to seniors. Learn more about who is at risk and the conditions that can cause it.

Diagnosing Heart Failure

You may notice a shortness of breath, especially when lying down, swelling in the feet and ankles or a sudden weight gain. It is important to understand the symptoms and how to work with your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Heart Failure

When heart failure is caused by heart damage that has developed over time, it can’t be cured. But there is good news. It can be treated and symptoms can improve. This information is provided at the sole discretion of the AHA and is not a part of the Rise Above Heart Failure initiative.

Living with HF and Managing Advanced HF

Although it can be difficult to live with a chronic condition like heart failure, you can learn to manage the symptoms and live a full and enjoyable life. For advanced heart failure patients and their doctors, making good decisions requires teamwork.

Tools & Resources

From downloadable trackers to communication tools, come explore the wealth of information to help you successfully manage HF.

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