Recently diagnosed, long-time patient, or relative of a person living with heart failure?
On this webpage, you will find all the information you need to know about heart failure and tips on how you can better live with it.
Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump blood around the body as well as it should.
In other words, the heart can’t deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to allow the body to work normally.
Heart failure is characterized by several symptoms caused by fluid accumulation and reduced blood flow. The most common symptoms are edema (fluid retention), breathlessness, and tiredness.1
“It is the number of times the heart beats within a certain time period, usually a minute.
The heart rate can be felt at the wrist, side of the neck, back of the knees, top of the foot, groin, and other places in the body where an artery is close to the skin. Measuring the heart rate gives important information about a person’s health. Also called pulse.”2
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Normal heart beat should be 60-100 bpm. It can go up to 130-150 bpm when exercising. However, if you develop any symptoms or suspect your pulse is irregular, let your doctor know.3
Fatigue: Your organs don’t receive enough oxygen and nutrients to work well, so you can feel tired easily.
Shortness of breath: Fluids may gather in your lungs, causing you to feel short of breath, when you are active, when lying flat, or walking.
Weight gain: You may gain more than 2 kg (3 lbs) in a week because of the fluids building up in your body.
Rapid heart beat: To compensate for its weakness, the heart may speed up.
Swelling: Fluids may gather in your legs, ankles, or abdomen causing edema.
If you have heart failure, your outlook depends on the cause and the severity, your overall health, and other factors such as your age.5
Complications can include6:
Some people’s symptoms and heart function will improve with proper treatment. However, heart failure can be life-threatening.5
HEART FAILURE MEANS YOUR HEART HAS STOPPED BEATING7
HEART FAILURE CAN’T BE TREATED7
HEART FAILURE IS SERIOUS7
IF YOU HAVE HEART FAILURE YOU SHOULDN’T EXERCISE7
HEART FAILURE IS A NORMAL CONSEQUENCE OF GETTING OLD7
HEART FAILURE IS COMMON7
MEASURING YOUR HEART RATE IS USELESS8
IT IS IMPORTANT TO MANAGE HEART FAILURE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE9
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