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How does your body respond to heart failure?

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Your body prioritizes where oxygen should go. It will send more blood to important organs, such as your brain and heart, and divert blood away from other organs, muscles, and tissue. As a result, poor circulation in your arms and legs may lead to problems with everyday tasks, such as walking.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Stages."

American Family Physician: "Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and causes," "Cardiomyopathy: Causes."

UCSF Medical Center: "Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms."

BMJ : "ABC of heart failure: Acute and chronic management strategies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Stages."

American Family Physician: "Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and causes," "Cardiomyopathy: Causes."

UCSF Medical Center: "Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms."

BMJ : "ABC of heart failure: Acute and chronic management strategies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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