Below, we’ll explain what heart failure is, and 7 symptoms that you never want to ignore that indicate heart failure. If you’re experiencing two or more of these signs, it’s extremely important to consult with your doctor.
While the term “heart failure” sounds like it’s referring to the stopping of the heart or that it’s about to stop working, it doesn’t actually mean that. And for this reason, it’s often confused with a heart attack. Both heart attack and heart failure are serious medical conditions that could cause death, but they’re not the same thing.
Heart failure occurs over time. The heart grows weaker and it cannot circulate enough blood throughout the body to meet the body’s needs. Either the heart won’t fill with enough blood or it cannot pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force.
A heart attack, on the other hand, is caused by a sudden blood clot in an artery that stops the blood flow to the area of the heart being supplied by that coronary artery. This kills part of the muscle of the heart and weakens it.
It’s important for people to be aware of the sign and symptoms of heart failure. The sooner this condition is properly identified and diagnosed, the sooner treatments can be started which can prevent death and promote longevity. The American Heart Association identifies 7 common symptoms of heart failure, including:
Remember, if you or a loved one are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with a medical expert.
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