Heart failure is a chronic illness. Learning how to manage this condition is crucial to living the life you love, minimizing your symptoms, and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions.
Even though it may sound like it, heart failure does not necessarily mean that the heart has failed. It is not a heart attack. Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood well throughout the body. It is usually considered a long-term disease that can be controlled.
The main symptom is extreme tiredness. Not enough blood is pumped from the heart to the muscles. The body diverts blood away from less vital organs and muscles to focus on supplying the heart and brain.
Heart failure may affect the left, right or both sides of the heart. If the left half of the heart is weak, fluid will build up in the lungs due to congestion of the lungs' veins. If the right half of the heart is weak, general body and vein pressure will increase, and fluid will accumulate in the body, especially tissues in the leg and stomach areas.
The oxygen and nutrients in the blood provide the body with the energy it needs to operate efficiently. Heart failure causes breathlessness and fatigue because of the heart cannot function as it should.
Legacy Heart Failure Program is committed to your success. We understand that heart failure symptoms can be tough to tackle. We provide quality care for heart failure patients and make managing the disease easier.
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