What is heart failure?
Heart failure is when your heart does not pump as well. It could be because your heart is weak or it becomes stiff.
Narrowed arteries make your heart work harder which eventually can weaken it.
This heart is perfectly fine.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the walls to become thick and stiff.
What are possible causes?
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Heart attack
What are some symptoms?
- Persistant coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
What to do?
- Limit salt
- May need to restrict fluid
- Maintain weight or prevent weight gain
- Consult a doctor or dietitian before making big changes
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