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How does heart failure affect your breathing?

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Even though “failure” is in the name, heart failure 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.

In the early stages of heart failure, you may have trouble breathing after exercise, getting dressed, or walking across a room. As the heart weakens, you may feel breathless even when you lie down. See your doctor if that’s happening to you. They can recommend medicines and treatments that can help.

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 James Beckerman on August 8, 2020

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 James Beckerman on August 8, 2020

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