Heart Failure Defined

by Jodee on August 30, 2009

Heart failure is a chronic health condition. It occurs when the heart can’t pump enough oxygenated blood throughout the body to keep its cells nourished appropriately. To try to keep the blood flowing properly, the heart may become enlarged so that it can pump more blood. The heart may also start beating faster to keep blood flowing where it’s needed.

The signs of heart failure indicate that these measures are no longer working. Over time, the heart can’t keep up and the condition worsens.

Signs of Heart Failure

If you have any of the following symptoms, do see your doctor to determine the cause. They may be caused by other conditions, but you need to be properly diagnosed to ensure that your health is monitored appropriately.

  • Buildup of fluid in the body’s tissues
  • Confusion
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath


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