Heart Failure

Heart Failure

In time, your heart gets worn out. You have symptoms, such as feeling weak, lightheaded, and very tired. Fluid builds up in your lungs and other parts of your body. This causes you to be short of breath and have swelling in your body.

Heart Failure Symptoms

Your body has an amazing ability to manage heart failure. It may do such a good job that you do not have symptoms in the early stages of the disease. But at some point, your body will no longer be able to keep up. The heart gets worn out and starts to work less efficiently. Then you
will begin to have symptoms.

Heart Failure and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is fairly common in people with advanced heart failure. Sleep apnea means you stop breathing for short periods while you are asleep. It may cause you to snore loudly and not sleep well, so you wake up feeling tired.

Heart Failure and Rhythm Problems

Your heart's electrical system controls the timing of your heartbeat. Problems with this system can cause a heart rhythm problem, or arrhythmia, that causes your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an ineffective way.

Heart Failure and Fluid Limits

Sodium causes your body to hold extra fluid, making it harder for your heart to pump. Your doctor may prescribe a medicine to help get rid of excess fluid. This type of medicine is called a diuretic, or water pill. You may also need to limit liquids to help your body get rid of extra
water and sodium.

Heart Failure - Checking your Weight

Compare your daily weight to your dry weight. This will help you see if you have suddenly gained weight. Keep a calendar next to your scale. Write your weight on it each day, and take it with you when you see your doctor. Use the same scale each time, and make sure that it is on a hard, flat surface.