There are widely held public misconceptions about heart failure. Some people confuse it with other cardiac-related illnesses, such as myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest, both of which can cause heart failure.
In reality, heart failure causes the heart to work harder to meet the body’s demands. Unable to achieve that aim, blood may back up in other areas of the body, such as the lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract, arms and legs.
Heart failure is typically a chronic condition. Early symptoms may be too mild to affect everyday life, yet it is possible that long-term treatment can keep symptoms under control.
Patients with heart failure may develop shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling in ankles, feet, legs, and abdomen.