“Heart failure means your heart isn’t pumping blood around your body as well as it should. It doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working, however you may need support to…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Heart Failure Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Cardiac Failure
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure
  • Left Sided Heart Failure
  • Right Sided Heart Failure

Terminology

Can the term heart failure (HF) be misleading?

In What Is Heart Failure? You Don’t Have To Face HF Alone the American Heart Association (AHA) explain:

“The term “heart failure” makes it sound like the heart is no longer working at all and there’s nothing that can be done. Actually, heart failure means that the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be”.2

Definition

What is heart failure?

DotS the definition of heart failure may vary. The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) definition is:

“Heart failure means your heart isn’t pumping blood around your body as well as it should. It doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working, however you may need support to help it work better”.3

The (United States) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) definition is:

“Heart failure is a condition that develops when your heart doesn’t pump enough blood for your body’s needs. This can happen if your heart can’t fill up with enough blood. It can also happen when your heart is too weak to pump properly. The term “heart failure” does not mean that your heart has stopped. However, heart failure is a serious condition that needs medical care”.4

Cause

What can cause heart failure?

In Heart Failure: 2. What Causes Heart Failure? the BHF explain:

“There are lots of reasons why you may have heart failure. It can be sudden or it can happen slowly over months or even years.

The most common causes of heart failure are:

  • A heart attack…
  • High blood pressure…
  • Cardiomyopathy…

Heart failure can also be caused by:

  • Heart valve disease
  • Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Congenital heart conditions – heart problems that you’re born with
  • Endocarditis – a viral infection affecting the heart muscle
  • Some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Anaemia – a lack of oxygen carrying haemoglobin or red blood cells in your blood
  • Thyroid gland disease”.5

Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of heart failure?

In Heart Failure: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications the NHLBI explain:

“Symptoms of heart failure depend on the type of heart failure you have and how serious it is. If you have mild heart failure, you may not notice any symptoms except during hard physical work. Symptoms can depend on whether you have left-sided or right-sided heart failure. However, you can have symptoms of both types. Symptoms usually get worse as your heart grows weaker”.6

Health Care Provider

Heart FailureWhat if I think I have heart failure?

If you think you have heart failure, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this as soon as possible.

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  1. Heart Failure. Page Last Reviewed: January 2021. British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/heart-failure Accessed: 09 June 2021
  2. What Is Heart Failure? You Don’t Have To Face HF Alone. Last Reviewed: 31 May 2017. American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/what-is-heart-failure#.WrrJlzoh2po Accessed: 09 June 2021
  3. Heart Failure. Page Last Reviewed: January 2021. British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/heart-failure Accessed: 09 June 2021
  4. Heart Failure: Overview. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-failure Accessed: 09 June 2021
  5. Heart Failure: 2. What Causes Heart Failure? Page Last Reviewed: January 2021. British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/heart-failure Accessed: 09 June 2021
  6. Heart Failure: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-failure Accessed: 09 June 2021

Topic Last Updated: 09 June 2021 – Topic Last Reviewed: 09 June 2021
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