Heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped or failed completely. It means your heart is not pumping as well as it should. In turn, your body tries to compensate. It may do such a good job, that you don't even know you have a disease. But over time, your heart and body will no longer be able to keep up. In the early stages, you may:
As your heart failure gets worse, your body may begin to hold on to salt and water. This increases the amount of blood in your bloodstream, often called congestion or congestive heart failure. This may cause you to:
Mercy has teams dedicated to helping patients with heart failure live longer, more fulfilling lives. In addition to a comprehensive range of treatment services, we also provide rehabilitation services and innovative ways to monitor and manage your symptoms at home. This includes ways you can measure your vital signs and electronically send the results to a team that reviews and monitors your condition daily.
Your doctor may use a series of tests to find the cause and type of heart failure, including:
Most treatment options focus on slowing progression of symptoms and helping you feel better and live longer. This may include: