Heart Failure Complications Topic Overview
Even if you are treating your
heart failure successfully, you may develop a complication that can be serious and life-threatening. It is important to identify complications of heart failure as soon as possible, because some can be extremely serious conditions. You can discuss your complications with your doctor and learn to take the proper steps to prevent them. The table below outlines the complications of heart failure.
Common complications of heart failure Complication What is it? What problems does it cause? Atrial fibrillation An irregular heart rhythm ( arrhythmia) Can make heart failure worse Greatly increases risk of stroke Can cause palpitations Ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) Syncope ( fainting) Palpitations Sudden death Kidney failure Reduced functioning of your kidneys Decreased urine output Fatigue, poor appetite, lethargy Ultimately life-threatening Anemia
hemoglobin in red blood cells Stroke Your brain is deprived of oxygen because its blood supply has been significantly decreased or cut off. Loss of cognitive or motor function Can be life-threatening Heart valve condition (especially mitral regurgitation) A leaky valve reduces the efficiency of the heart's pumping action. Cardiac cachexia Unintentional severe weight loss Can require supplemental nutrition Can be life-threatening Leg venous stasis and ulcers
Venous stasis: Your
skin thickens and looks shiny or scaly, your hair might also fall out, your skin may also turn brown or reddish.
Ulcers: Injuries to your swollen legs cause fluid to constantly ooze out of cuts in your skin.
Can predispose to cellulitis, infection of the skin
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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