Heart failure means your heart muscle does not pump as much oxygen-rich blood as your body needs. Your body can compensate for this failure but at some point your heart gets worn out and symptoms develop.
Anything that damages your heart or affects how well it pumps can lead to heart failure. The most common causes of heart failure are:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attack
- High blood pressure
- Heart valve disease
- Inherited heart defect
- Long-term alcohol abuse, which can damage your heart.
Symptoms of heart failure:
- Feel tired easily.
- Be short of breath when you exert yourself. Later on, you will feel short of breath even at rest.
- Feel weak, very tired, or dizzy.
- Have swelling (edema), especially in your legs, ankles, and feet.
- Gain weight. This may happen over just a day or two, or more slowly.
- Cough or wheeze, especially when you lie down.
- Need to urinate more at night.
- Feel bloated or sick to your stomach.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you beleive to be heart failure, contact a Banner Heart Treatment Center to be diagnosed by an experienced cardiac physician.
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