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Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood through the body. Usually, the loss in pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, such as coronary artery disease. Heart failure usually develops slowly, often over years, as the heart gradually loses its pumping ability and works less efficiently.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Heart Failure
History and Physical Exam for Heart Failure
Living with Advanced Heart Failure: A Guide for Caregivers
action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Activity and exercise for heart failure
Avoiding triggers for sudden heart failure
Eating less sodium when you have heart failure
Taking your medications properly when you have heart failure
Watching your fluid intake when you have heart failure
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test
Cardiac Blood Pool Scan
Chest X-Ray
Echocardiography
Electrocardiography (EKG, ECG)

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

RELATED TOPICS
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Aortic Valve Stenosis
Atrial Fibrillation
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Care at the End of Life
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Heart Association
Heart Failure Society of America
MEDLINEplus—Heart Failure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Last modified on: 30 June 2015