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How can an increased heart rate be a symptom of heart failure?

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When your heart struggles to pump the right amount of blood, it may speed up to make up for it. This can lead to palpitations, which could cause your heart to race or feel like it’s fluttering or throbbing.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Heart Failure Fact Sheet.”

American Heart Association: “About Heart Failure,” “Warning Signs of Heart Failure.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Don’t Delay When Heart Failure Threatens.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Heart Failure Fact Sheet.”

American Heart Association: “About Heart Failure,” “Warning Signs of Heart Failure.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Don’t Delay When Heart Failure Threatens.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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