This condition, also called "congestive heart failure," is when your heart becomes so weak it can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. It doesn't mean that your heart has stopped beating. But it's a serious condition, and it needs medical care.
Heart failure can be caused by many conditions. Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes can all lead to heart failure. So can heart issues such as valve defects or problems with your heart's rhythm. Heart failure can be caused by drug or alcohol abuse and by cancer treatments. And it can be caused by other health problems and disorders.
Heart failure leads to symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. You may get tired easily. You may notice swelling in your abdomen and in your legs. You may gain weight, and you may need to urinate frequently.
Treatment depends on the cause of your heart failure and how strong your symptoms are. You may benefit from a healthier lifestyle. Eating a proper diet, stopping smoking and losing excess weight may all help. Medications may also help your heart. And, you may benefit from treatment for an underlying health problem. Your healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for you.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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