What is heart failure? Get to know the signs and symptoms.
When people are diagnosed with heart failure (HF), it's normal for them to feel confused or scared. But, despite its name, heart failure doesn't mean the heart has failed altogether.
To put it simply, heart failure means the heart isn't pumping blood as well as it once did. It's no longer delivering all the blood and oxygen that the body and its organs need to work normally. Living with HF can make some physical activities more challenging for you, even everyday things you used to do without a second thought.
Signs and symptoms of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic coughing or wheezing
- Buildup of fluid
- Fatigue or feeling lightheaded
- Nausea or lack of appetite
- Confusion or impaired thinking
- High heart rate