Many people are confused between heart attack and heart failure. Heart attack is when the heart muscle tissue dies as the heart cells do not get enough blood due to a blockage of the coronary artery. Heart failure is a condition when the heart muscle weakens and is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. It does not mean that your heart has stopped beating nor is going to stop at any minute. Heart failure is on the rise as more people survive heart attacks and other medical conditions. As people with damaged hearts are living longer, they become more susceptible to heart failure. Heart failure can develop over time as the heart’s pumping action grows weaker, resulting in an enlarged heart. So what are the common symptoms of heart failure?
- Shortness of breath, when lying down or when exerting yourself
- Extreme fatigue
- Coughing or wheezing, especially when you exercise or lie down
- Swelling in feet, ankles and legs due to fluid retention
- Weight gain from fluid buildup
- Confusion or can’t think clearly
- Lack of appetite
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Heart failure can be caused by many different conditions. When not treated, it can worsen. Start making healthy lifestyle changes today!
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