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In recognition of Heart Disease Awareness month, learn about heart failure, its symptoms, and how to minimize your risk and manage symptoms.
What is heart failure?
Heart failure means the heart is not pumping as well as it should. It occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
Heart failure is a condition that gets worse over time and does not have a cure. However, many people lead a full life when their heart failure is managed with medications and a healthy lifestyle.
Symptoms of heart failure
Recognizing symptoms early is the best way to prevent complications and stay well. If you notice any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor right away:
Monitoring and managing symptoms
If you are diagnosed with heart failure, follow all the orders that your doctor gives you. Make any necessary changes in diet, exercise and routine to give you the best possible quality of life.
It is very important to take all your medications as your doctor prescribes. The use of heart failure medications has been shown to prolong life and improve heart function.
If you have questions about heart failure or would like to take steps to help prevent heart disease, be sure to discuss this with your doctor or Landmark provider.