Heart failure is a condition that causes the muscle in the heart wall to slowly weaken and enlarge, preventing the heart from pumping enough blood. Learn what the signs of heart failure are, what causes heart failure, how it is treated, and what you can do to manage your heart failure. © AHA
This disease is caused by a weakening of the heart muscle. It primarily affects the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. In a heart with dilated cardiomyopathy, the diseased muscle fibers have stretched and the chamber has enlarged to make up for its lost pumping power. A heart affected by dilated cardiomyopathy has difficulty supplying enough blood flow to meet the body's needs. This can result in heart failure.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, has several symptoms including shortness of breath, fluid buildup (edema) and fatigue. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it's important for you to manage and keep track of symptoms and report any sudden changes to your healthcare team.
A diagnosis of heart failure or congestive heart failure (CHF) can be scary, but learning more about the disease really helps. This program explains how to care for yourself after discharge. Includes warning signs to watch for, information on daily weighing, and other tips for transitioning home.
About 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure today. In fact, it's one of the most common reasons why people 65 and older go into the hospital. Fortunately, heart failure can be treated. Getting good medical care, following doctor's orders and learning about heart failure will help you lead a comfortable life. You can help by taking your medicine as your doctor tells you, and by following your eating and exercise plans. © AHA
The hospital is no one's favorite place to be and after an extended stay the last thing a patient wants to do is go back. "Avoiding Hospital Readmissions: Heart Failure" discusses a patient's role in preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions. It covers critical information on how to better understand discharge instructions and continued recovery at home.