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  1. Heart Failure: Compensation by the Heart and Body - 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 ...

  2. Triggers of Sudden Heart Failure - Topic Overview

    Certain conditions are known to trigger sudden heart failure in people with already-weakened heart muscles. If these conditions subside or are treated effectively,heart function may be restored. Conditions that trigger sudden heart failure include: Failure to properly take medicines for blood pressure,heart failure,or chest pain (angina). This is one of the leading causes of sudden heart ...

  3. Medicines to Prevent Abnormal Heart Rhythm in Heart Failure - Topic Overview

    One of the most frightening aspects about having heart failure is that it can lead to premature death. The increased death rate among people with heart failure is in part caused by the tendency of those with heart failure to develop abnormal heart rhythms. Some people with heart failure die suddenly from abnormal rapid heart rhythms (called ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation) ...

  4. Joan's Story: Coping With Depression and Anxiety From Heart Failure - Joan's story

    Joan figured she would need months to recover physically from the heart attack 2 years ago that led to her heart failure. She didn't realize she would need just as much time to recover emotionally. "I was only 52 when I had the heart attack," she says. "Heart disease runs in my family,but I thought I'd been taking care of myself. It just hit me out of the blue. And then I got heart failure ...

  5. Heart Failure and Sleep Problems - Topic Overview

    Many people with heart failure have trouble sleeping. You may have insomnia because of trouble breathing or because of depression or anxiety. Some people with heart failure have sleep apnea,which means they stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer several times a night. This reduces the amount of oxygen their body gets. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems or make problems that ...

  6. Heart Failure and Sleep Problems - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Sleep Apnea: Should I Have a Sleep Study?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Insomnia: Improving Your Sleep

  7. 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, ...

  8. Heart Failure: Disease Management Programs - Topic Overview

    Many hospitals and insurers have developed disease management (DM) programs to educate people with heart failure about their disease. Disease management includes a broad range of health services,such as home health care,visiting nurses,and rehabilitation. The goal of DM programs is to offer a combination of treatment,complication prevention,and education in a variety of settings. Although ...

  9. Joyce's Story: Feeling Better With a Pacemaker - Joyce's story

    Joyce's first symptom of heart failure hit hard-and suddenly. "I woke up one morning and couldn't breathe," she says. "I was real shaky,and I couldn't lie down at all." Joyce,83,went to the hospital and was diagnosed with heart failure. Then 3 days later,a pacemaker was placed in her chest. Her doctor explained that she had an irregular heartbeat and that a pacemaker could fix it. "My ...

  10. Systolic Heart Failure - Topic Overview

    Systolic heart failure happens when the left side of your heart doesn't pump blood out to the body as well as normal. What happens to the heart? Systolic heart failure typically affects the left side of the heart. This is the side that pumps blood to the body. The heart's lower chamber,called the left ventricle,cannot pump blood as well. It's called systolic because your ventricle doesn't ...

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