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    1. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      Heart failure is most often a lifelong illness that will require frequent changes in your medicine schedule and regular follow-up with your doctor. Over the years,many factors will affect the course of your disease,including other illnesses that you develop,your age,your diet,your ability to tolerate and comply with your treatment,and hopefully the development of new drugs to treat heart ...

    2. Classification of Heart Failure - Topic Overview

      The following is a classification for heart failure devised by the New York Heart Association (NYHA). It is important to be familiar with this classification,because it may be referred to during the course of your care. Classification of heart failure symptoms Class I People whose physical activity is not limited. Ordinary physical activity does not cause undue fatigue,heart palpitations,...

    3. Heart Failure - 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. 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, ...

    5. Heart Failure: Less Common Symptoms - 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 ...

    6. Heart Failure - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Heart Failure: Avoiding Triggers for Sudden Heart Failure

    7. Heart Failure - 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 ...

    8. Vasodilators for Heart Failure

      Drug details for Vasodilators for heart failure.

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

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

    10. Aldosterone Receptor Antagonists: Diuretics for Heart Failure

      Drug details for Aldosterone receptor antagonists: Diuretics for heart failure.

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