PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

When should I get emergency care for heart failure?

ANSWER

Go to your local emergency room or call 911 if you have:

  • New, unexplained, and severe chest pain that comes with shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or weakness
  • Fast heart rate (more than 120-150 beats per minute, or a rate noted by your doctor) -- especially if you are short of breath
  • Shortness of breath that doesn't get better if you rest
  • Sudden weakness, or you can't move your arms or legs
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Fainting spells

SOURCES:

Heart Failure Society of America: "Learn More About Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure."

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?"

International Journal of clinical Practice : “Ivabradine -- the first selective sinus node If channel inhibitor in the treatment of stable angina.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Heart Failure Society of America: "Learn More About Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure."

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?"

International Journal of clinical Practice : “Ivabradine -- the first selective sinus node If channel inhibitor in the treatment of stable angina.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How is heart pump medication used for heart failure?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.