Living With Heart Failure
Heart failure is a complex condition that is defined as the heart’s inability to pump blood properly and deliver enough oxygen to the body. Heart failure can be caused by different factors, such as lifestyle choices, family history or even a heart attack. It may be linked to genetics and can affect people regardless of age. Leading causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and valvular heart disease, according to the American College of Cardiology.
Heart failure is a chronic condition that can be managed and possibly even reversed in some cases, depending on the cause. This is possible when heart failure is diagnosed early, treated successfully, and patients make necessary lifestyle changes such as diet modifications, increasing exercise, reducing alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking.
Please notify your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Weight gain of 2 lbs. in one day or 5 lbs. in a week
- Increased swelling of your feet, ankles, or abdomen
- Increased shortness of breath when lying down
- Worsening shortness of breath at rest or with activity
- Feeling more tired OR a sudden decrease in your ability to do your usual activities
- Persistent cough or chest congestion
Know when to seek help. Download Hoag’s Heart Failure Management Tool.