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When you have heart failure, the heart can't pump oxygen-rich blood through your body as well as it should. Blood and fluid may back up into the lungs, and some parts of the body don't get enough oxygen-rich blood to work normally.
There are two types of heart failure:
Both systolic and diastolic heart failure affect the ventricles' ability to pump blood. You may have one or both types.
Once you have heart failure, flare-ups can happen. Gaining weight is often the first warning sign of trouble. But there are other signs of trouble, too. Here are some things to watch for:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of the signs listed above or you have any other unusual symptoms.
To evaluate your condition, your doctor will examine you, ask questions and run tests. Your doctor will also look for any other health problems that may have led to heart failure.
Your visit will include:
Your doctor may order one or more of the following tests:
After heart failure, patients need extra support to recover fully and make the necessary lifestyle changes.
Your doctor may also recommend:
The treatment plan your doctor develops for you will relieve some of your heart failure symptoms and help make you more comfortable. Your treatment plan may include: