The Keys to Understanding Heart Failure

Written by Amedisys

Heart failure is a serious and, unfortunately, a common issue – about 5.7 million adults in the United States have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The heart is responsible for pumping blood by carrying oxygen and other nutrients to feed the cells and tissues in the body. When you have heart failure, the heart is at a weakened state and is unable to supply enough blood and nutrients to meet your body’s needs.

Certain diseases and habits can increase your risk for heart failure:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight

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Early diagnoses can drastically extend life expectancy and improve overall quality of life. Tracking your symptoms at home can help identify problems before they get worse.

Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Increase in tiredness or weakness
  • Frequent coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling in feet, legs or stomach
  • Shortness of breath

Our Heart Failure Program can help you better manage your symptoms at home and reduce your chance of going back to the hospital.