Heart Failure


Description

What is heart failure?
Heart failure is a common and serious condition that develops slowly over time. Your heart becomes weakened and can not pump enough blood to meet the needs of your body.

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Causes and Risk Factors

What are the causes and risk factors of heart failure?
The causes of heart failure vary with age and family history. Some risk factors include coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and valvular disease.

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Symptoms

What are the symptoms of heart failure?
Symptoms include tiredness, shortness of breath with or without exercise, wheezing, fluid retention (swollen ankles and legs) or a dry hacking cough after lying down.

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Diagnosis

How is heart failure diagnosed?
In addition to a physical exam, your doctor may use blood tests, x-rays, an ECG test, an echocardiogram, or other tests to diagnose heart failure.

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Treatment

How is heart failure treated?
Treatments for heart failure include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

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