Heart failure is a complex condition that means the heart becomes less able to pump nutrient-rich and freshly oxygenated blood around the body.
That can cause a number of symptoms during exercise or at rest, including:
- Feeling breathless when lying flat – and needing to use pillows or sit upright to breathe more comfortably
- Waking suddenly because of breathlessness
- Weight gain
- Swollen ankles.
There are many potential causes of heart failure so a careful physical examination, as well as blood tests, an ECG and an echocardiogram, are important for further assessment.
Many patients experience a significant improvement in quality of life with medication alone though a number of other treatment options may need to be considered as well.
Check out our heart failure page to learn more about this condition: Heart failure & Cardiomyopathy – Connected Cardiology
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice.