Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a weakly beating heart that is not adequate to maintain the body’s function. It usually refers to failure of the heart that is gradual and progressive. Note that heart failure is not the same as a heart attack, and does not mean that the heart has ...

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Introduction: Heart Failure

Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in your body. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it does not mean that the heart has stopped beating. Early diagnosis and treatment ...1

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Symptoms of Heart Failure

Fatigue and shortness of breath are common symptoms of heart failure. A buildup of fluid in the lungs causes these symptoms. Fluid also can build up in the feet, ankles, and legs, causing weight gain. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)2 ...

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Causes of Heart Failure

The leading causes of heart failure are diseases that damage the heart. Examples include coronary heart disease (CHD), high blood pressure, and diabetes. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)3 ...

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Causes List for Heart Failure

Some possible causes of Heart Failure or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Heart Failure

The condition can affect the right side of the heart only, or it can affect both sides of the heart. Most cases involve both sides of the heart. Right-side heart failure occurs if the heart can't pump enough blood ...5

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Diagnosis of Heart Failure

How Is Heart Failure Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose heart failure based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results. The signs and symptoms of heart failure also are common in other conditions. Thus, your doctor ...6

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Risk Factors for Heart Failure

Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure? About 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure. The number of people who have this condition is growing. Heart failure is more common in:

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Treatments: Heart Failure

Lifestyle changes, medicines, and procedures or surgery (rarely, a mechanical heart pump or heart transplant) are the main treatments for heart failure. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)7 ...

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Prevention of Heart Failure

How Can Heart Failure Be Prevented? You can take steps to prevent heart failure. The sooner you start, the better your chances of preventing or delaying the condition. For People Who Have Healthy Hearts If you have a healthy heart ...8

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  1. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_heart_failure.htm
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ af/ signs
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ hf
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ hf
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ hf/ diagnosis
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ af/ signs
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ hf/ prevention

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