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How can heart failure affect your breathing?

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Even though “failure” is in the name, it doesn’t mean that your heart stops beating. It means that it’s weak. Shortness of breath and feeling tired can be signs of the condition. Often people also have swelling in their ankles, feet, legs, and mid-section because the heart is not strong enough to pump blood properly. In the early stages of heart failure, you may have trouble breathing after exercise, getting dressed, or walking across a room. But as the heart gets weaker, you may feel breathless even when you lie down. See your doctor if that’s happening to you.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine Heart & Vascular Institute: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

European Society for Cardiology: “Understanding Heart Failure—Shortness of Breath.”

American Heart Association: “Tachycardia/Fast Heart Rate.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Edema, Definition”  “Pulmonary Edema, Causes,”  “Pulmonary Edema, Symptoms,”  “Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine Heart & Vascular Institute: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

European Society for Cardiology: “Understanding Heart Failure—Shortness of Breath.”

American Heart Association: “Tachycardia/Fast Heart Rate.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Edema, Definition”  “Pulmonary Edema, Causes,”  “Pulmonary Edema, Symptoms,”  “Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

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