Types of Heart Failure


Many people misunderstand exactly what “heart failure” means. Heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop. Heart failure is a serious illness in which the heart doesn’t pump enough blood to all parts of the body as well as it should.


Your heart still beats, but it pumps less nutrient and oxygen rich blood to the muscles, brain and vital organs. Because of this heart failure can make you feel tired or weak.


Heart failure can also cause swelling and fluid build up in your legs, feet and even your lungs. Fluid backing up into the lungs is often referred to as ‘congestion,’ which is why heart failure is sometimes called “Congestive Heart Failure” or CHF.


Heart failure usually occurs when another problem makes the heart weak or stiff so it doesn’t pump or fill normally. Coronary artery disease is a common cause of heart failure. Other causes include; high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, previous heart muscle damage (as from a heart attach), lung disease, drugs and alcohol, viruses and problems with the heart valves.


Ask your primary healthcare provider what causes your heart failure.


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