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What is decompensated heart failure?

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Decompensated heart failure describes obvious symptoms that affect your overall health and quality of life; for example, congestion in your lungs that makes it harder to breathe, so you wheeze or cough. Decompensated heart failure can also make you feel tired and could make it harder to exercise or even do simple things like folding laundry. You may have abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

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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