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  1. Heart Failure: Checking Your Weight

    People with heart failure need to track their weight carefully. Sudden weight gain may mean that fluid is building up in your body because your heart failure is getting worse.

  2. Topic Overview

    Diastolic heart failure occurs when the lower left chamber (left ventricle) is not able to fill properly with blood during the diastolic (filling) phase. The amount of blood pumped out to the body is less than normal. What happens to the heart? Diastole is the phase of your heartbeat when your heart relaxes and fills with blood. Diastolic dysfunction means that your left ventricle cannot relax ...

  3. 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 ...

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

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

  5. Vasodilators for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Vasodilators for heart failure.

  6. Coping With Your Feelings

    Heart failure brings big changes to your life. You may struggle with sadness and worry. You may wonder if you'll still be able to enjoy your life. Coping with your feelings and seeking help when you need it can help you live better with heart failure. Depression and anxiety One Woman's Story: Joan,54 "I would sit at my kitchen table and feel I was in this cloud of dread. I didn't feel like ...

  7. Beta-Blockers for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for heart failure.

  8. Medications

    You probably will need to take a combination of medicines to treat heart failure, even if you do not have symptoms yet. Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can help you manage your symptoms.The goals of drug treatment are to relieve or control symptoms of heart failure, improve daily function and quality of life, slow the progression of the disease, and reduce the risk of ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Get started

    Heart failure usually gets worse over time. But there are many things you can do to feel better,stay healthy longer,and avoid the hospital. Self-care means managing your health by doing certain things every day,like weighing yourself. It's about knowing which symptoms to watch for so you can avoid getting worse. When you practice good self-care,you know when it's time to call your doctor ...

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