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  1. 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, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Topic Overview

    If you have heart failure,symptoms start to happen when your heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of your body. Shortness of breath While shortness of breath is the most common symptom of heart failure,it may be difficult or impossible to distinguish it from shortness of breath caused by other health problems such as emphysema or severe anemia. Your doctor can help you determine why ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Digoxin for Heart Failure

    Drug details for Digoxin for heart failure.

  6. 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) ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Topic Overview

    Cardiac cachexia is unintentional severe weight loss caused by heart disease. The weight loss might be life-threatening. It can happen to people with severe heart failure. Even with a very good appetite and high calorie intake,some people lose muscle mass. Cardiac cachexia can require supplemental nutrition. How does heart failure cause it? Heart failure may cause blood to back up into the ...

  9. Topic Overview

    While there are certain symptoms that people with heart failure experience more commonly,there are many other symptoms that heart failure can cause. These symptoms are typically less common because they often result from more severe heart failure,when the body can no longer compensate properly for the failing heart. The first table summarizes congestive symptoms that result from fluid leaking ...

  10. 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 .

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