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
What is it?
What problems does it cause?
An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
Can make heart failure
Greatly increases risk of stroke
Ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia
Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
Reduced functioning of your kidneys
Fatigue, poor appetite, lethargy
Decreased oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in red blood cells
Weakness and fatigue
May raise risk of problems linked to heart failure
Your brain is deprived of oxygen because its blood
supply has been significantly decreased or cut off.