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  1. Understanding Heart Failure -- Prevention

    Learn about preventing heart failure from the experts at WebMD.

  2. Understanding Heart Failure -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    WebMD's guide to the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

  3. When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if you have:Chest pain that has not gone away within 5 minutes after taking one nitroglycerin and/or resting, especially if the pain is pressing or crushing and occurs with shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.Symptoms of a stroke. These include: Sudden onset of tingling, numbness, weakness, or inability to move (paralysis) part or all of one side .

  4. Topic Overview

    What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a serious problem that makes your heart muscle stiff. When your heart muscle is stiff,it can't stretch to allow enough blood to enter its lower chambers,the ventricles. So blood that would normally enter the heart backs up in your circulatory system. Most of the time,this leads to heart failure. Heart failure doesn't mean ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. Topic Overview

    Heart failure is a very serious illness that can cause life-threatening complications and significantly limit your life span. Fortunately,many drugs have been shown to slow the progression of heart failure,and several drugs (angiotensin-converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors,diuretics,beta-blockers) have been shown to prolong survival. Each of these medicines has risks and benefits that you and ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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) ...

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