heart failure symptoms

Recognizing Heart Failure Symptoms

Heart failure—the disease—is gradual, progressive, and chronic. Heart failure symptoms can be described with the same three words. Symptoms of heart failure develop gradually—sometimes they are not even noticeable to the person. Heart failure is not a sudden, traumatic event. Neither are the symptoms. Heart failure is progressive. Its symptoms … Read More

Heart Failure? Stay Vigilant for Worsening Condition

More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 500,000 more cases are diagnosed each year. The condition develops gradually, due to injury to or weakness of the heart—underlying causes include these, among others: Heart attack High blood pressure Coronary artery disease Heart valve disease Abnormal heart rhythms Diseases of … Read More

Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms to Know

Though it sounds like a condition in which the heart stops beating altogether, heart failure is actually a problem that develops when the heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the body’s needs. It’s a serious and complicated health challenge. But if you and your physician … Read More

What Is Cardiomyopathy?

Nearly half of all heart failure cases are caused by diseases that primarily affect the heart muscle. Together, these are known as cardiomyopathies. What is cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that often occurs without a known reason, but can be caused by various medical conditions, including infections (usually viral), … Read More

Heart Failure Stages and How to Treat Them

Two complementary systems are used to classify heart failure stages. The New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification divides patients into groups according to impairment in ability to carry out physical activity. It is a subjective assessment made by the physician, and it represents a patient’s condition at the time of … Read More

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

You may have heard the phrase "congestive heart failure" used interchangeably with "heart failure." That’s because the symptoms of heart failure usually involve congestion throughout the body. Less blood being constantly circulated means less excess fluid being filtered by the kidneys into urine. That additional fluid is known as congestion, … Read More

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