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Heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump or fill with enough blood, meaning the heart must work harder to deliver blood to the whole body. Heart failure doesn't necessarily mean the heart completely stops. Heart failure can be mild and cause minor symptoms, or it may be severe or even life-threatening.

Symptoms of heart failure can be minimal, however as the condition gets worse symptoms can include:

  • Tiredness or weakness, with feelings of dizziness or being lightheaded
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A racing heartbeat even when resting
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles and legs

There are tests that Echo Heart Centre can perform on patients to test for heart failure, these tests can include:

  • An electrocardiogram (ECG) which measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • An echocardiogram (Echo) that uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart as it beats, showing the heart chambers, how well the heart is pumping and how well the heart valves are working

There are many lifestyle factors that you can change to reduce the symptoms of heart failure which include:

  • Taking your prescribed medicines every day even if you feel well
  • Watching for any changes in your weight or any symptoms
  • Cutting down on salt
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Maintaining an active lifestyle
  • Checking with your doctor before starting any new medicines or supplements

Heart failure can be treated and managed with a range of medical or surgical options.

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If you are suffering from any of the symptoms or would like more information please contact us.

 

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