Heart Failure Awareness
With board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, the Banner Heart Failure Institute team takes pride in raising awareness about congestive heart failure as well as treating and preventing this chronic disease.
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is enlarged, weak or too stiff, which causes it to fill with or pump blood abnormally. Most heart failure patients have an enlarged heart. Heart failure is a life-long condition that can be managed with proper medical care.
When heart failure is not managed, several signs and symptoms occur:
- Sudden weight gain (two or more pounds a day)
- Swollen feet, ankles, legs or abdomen
- A decrease in the amount of urine but a frequency in urination
- A dry, hacking cough especially while lying down
- Shortness of breath, especially with increased activity or when waking up at night
- Loss of appetite or nausea
- Extreme fatigue
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please notify your physician immediately.
People with heart failure are recommended to make certain lifestyle changes:
- Balance rest and activity
- A low-salt diet
- Weigh yourself everyday
- Being aware of recurring symptoms
- Stop smoking (National Cancer Institute Smoking Quit line 1-877-448-7845)