Heart Failure

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot; fill-with or send-out enough blood or sometimes both.

What is Heart Failure?

From the name, “Heart failure” does not mean that the heart has stopped or is going to stop working. However, it means a serious condition that requires special medical care.

Heart failure develops over time as the pumping of the heart becomes weaker. Heart failure can affect right side only or both right and left.

If right side is affected, the heart cannot pump blood to the lungs as required and shortage of oxygen may cause fluid build-up in the feet, ankles, legs, liver, abdomen, and sometimes veins in the necks.

If left side is affected the heart cannot be able to pump oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body as required. If both right and left, get affected cause’s shortness of breath, tiredness, and fatigue.

Most likely causes of heart failure are coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Heart Failure can also call as Dropsy, Left-side, or systolic heart failure, right side, or diastolic heart failure.