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  1. 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 ...

  2. Heart Failure and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

    WebMD looks at heart failure treatment with angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs, a drug designed to improve blood flow.

  3. 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. Heart Failure: Should I Get a Pacemaker (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy)? Heart Failure: Should I Get an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role ...

  4. Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about restrictive cardiomyopathy: What is restrictive cardiomyopathy? How can I learn more about heart failure? Getting treatment: What medicines do I take for heart failure? What's the right way to take medicines? What is a heart transplant? Should I get a pacemaker (cardiac resynchronization therapy)? Should I get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)? Living with restrictive ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Healthy Eating: Eating Less Sodium

    When you have heart failure, you need to eat less sodium, which is a component of salt. You will feel better and will lower your risk of being hospitalized by following the suggestions in this Actionset.Key pointsYour doctor may limit your sodium intake to less than per day.Keeping track of your sodium intake is the surest way of evaluating your diet.Processed foods and restaurant foods typically

  7. A Glossary of Heart Failure Terms

    Become informed of important heart failure terminology.

  8. Edema Overview

    WebMD explains edema, swelling that can be caused by a number of medical conditions, including the types of edema, causes, symptoms, and treatments.

  9. Living With Heart Failure

    WebMD gives your tips for living with heart failure and the lifestyle changes that go with it.

  10. Heart Failure Resources

    A list of resources for heart failure.

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