A chronic condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.
Heart failure can occur if the heart cannot pump (systolic) or fill (diastolic) adequately.
Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swollen legs and rapid heartbeat.
Treatments can include eating less salt, limiting fluid intake and taking prescription medication. In some cases a defibrillator or pacemaker may be implanted.
Heart failure is a long-term condition in which your heart can’t pump blood well enough to meet your body’s needs all the time. Treatment includes exercise and medicine at first and possible surgical procedures when heart failure gets worse. Your outlook depends on a range of factors, including how well you take care of yourself.
Certain heart conditions, such as narrowed arteries in the heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave the heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump blood properly.