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  1. Topic Overview

    Right-sided heart failure means that the right side of the heart is not pumping blood to the lungs as well as normal. What happens to the heart? Most people develop heart failure because of a problem with the left ventricle. But reduced function of the right ventricle can also occur in heart failure. As blood begins to back up behind the failing left ventricle and into the lungs,it will ...

  2. Heart Failure: Taking Medicines Properly

    Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can make you feel better, help your heart work better, and help you live longer.Key pointsTake a list of your medicines or bring your medicines with you when you visit your doctor. Include both medicines that were prescribed to you by other doctors and any nonprescription medicines and natural supplements that you take. Review the list with your .

  3. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. There is more than one type of heart failure,so you might hear your doctor call it different names. The types are based on what problem in the heart is causing it to not pump blood as well. ...

  4. Heart Failure: Avoiding Triggers for Sudden Heart Failure

    Key pointsSudden heart failure can be prevented by avoiding the triggers that cause it.Not all people are sensitive to or react to the same triggers. What may cause sudden heart failure in one person may not cause another person any difficulty.To avoid sudden heart failure: Pay attention to your symptoms. Changes in your weight, difficulty breathing, decreased appetite, and swelling (usually ...

  5. Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists: Diuretics for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Aldosterone receptor antagonists: Diuretics for heart failure.

  6. Heart Failure: Watching Your Fluids

    Too much fluid in your body can make it harder for your already - weakened heart to pump. Your doctor may prescribe a diuretic to help get rid of excess fluid. He or she may also suggest that you limit liquids so that your body can get rid of the extra water and sodium.Key pointsMonitoring your fluid intake can reduce complications and hospitalizations.All foods that melt (such as ice cream, ...

  7. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

  8. Heart Failure: Activity and Exercise

    When you have heart failure, it is very important to exercise regularly. If you are not already active, your doctor may want you to begin an exercise program. Of course, a safe level of exercise will depend on your specific diagnosis and stage of heart failure. But even if you can only do a small amount of exercise, it is better than not doing any exercise at all.Key pointsHave a checkup before ..

  9. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Because your heart cannot pump well,your heart and your body try to make up for it. This is called compensation. Your body has a remarkable ability to compensate for heart failure. The body may do such a good job that many people don't feel symptoms in the earlier stages of heart failure. It is only ...

  10. Topic Overview

    Most people with heart failure can still have an active sex life. But sexual problems are common. Your interest may drop,or you may have shortness of breath or other symptoms that limit your ability to have sex. Men may have erection problems. To make sex easier on you and your heart: Avoid sexual activity when: It's very hot or humid outside. You're under stress. You've just had a meal. ...

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