Heart Failure

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Patients with heart failure have a lot of control over how they feel. Following some simple steps can help.

Heart failure is a serious, lifelong condition that requires careful management.
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If you have—or think you have—heart failure, it’s normal to feel scared. But you’re not alone. More than 6 million Americans have heart failure.

Contrary to how it sounds, heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped beating. It refers to a number of conditions that can affect the way the heart works and/or its structure. Over time, heart failure makes it harder and harder for the heart to pump enough blood and oxygen to meet your body’s needs. That’s why most people with heart failure get short of breath, especially when they are active. Even climbing the stairs or carrying groceries may leave you winded. Of course, your symptoms will depend on the type of heart failure you have.

Because it’s a lifelong condition, you must take an active role in your care to stay well. The more informed and equipped you are to manage heart failure, the better you may feel. Use this condition center to learn more about heart failure. You can also chat online with other people like you, keep up with the latest research, and get tips to help you feel your best.

Heart Failure News & Events

COVID-19 symptoms

Coronavirus and Your Heart

May 25, 2020

This video explains the main symptoms of COVID-19 and how the new coronavirus might make existing heart conditions worse.

COVID-19: When to Call 911

COVID-19: When to Call 911

May 08, 2020

Many people around the world are concerned about the new coronavirus. While it is important to protect yourself from infection, heart attacks and strokes do not stop during a pandemic.

videos

COVID-19: Call 911 for Heart Attack or Stroke Symptoms

Apr 23, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still important to call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing warning signs of a heart attack or stroke.

webinar

Coronavirus and People With Heart Conditions: What You Need to Know | Webinar

Apr 06, 2020

In this Mended Hearts webinar, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati offers advice on what you can do to protect your heart during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Protein

For Older Women, a Little More Protein Each Day Could Keep AFib at Bay

Mar 25, 2020
Eating 1-2 more servings of protein could cut the chance of developing atrial fibrillation by 5%, study shows.
Cancer treatment

Statins for Breast Cancer? Maybe for Some.

Mar 23, 2020

Popular cholesterol-lowering drug linked to a lower chance of treatment-related heart failure.

CardioSmart News

Patients Urged to Continue Blood Pressure and Heart Failure Medications Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Mar 18, 2020

The HFSA/ACC/AHA issued a joint statement about COVID-19 and a group of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Coronavirus

Heart Patients Warned of Risks from Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

People with heart disease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Marijuana

Highlighting the Concerns of Marijuana's Effects on the Heart

Feb 07, 2020
Marijuana use is associated with cardiovascular problems and can interfere with common heart medications, according to a review article.

A Closer Look at How to Manage Heart Failure

Jan 30, 2020
Evidence-based dietary and medication changes can help promote recovery and a higher quality of life. 

More Research Needed to Achieve Health Equity in Preventive Care

Jan 26, 2020

Experts identify gaps in knowledge about how to put proven services into practice.

Women with Heart Failure Face Greater Risk of Death After Surgery than Men

Jan 08, 2020
Women tend to fare better after surgery, except in study patients with heart failure. 

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2019

Dec 18, 2019

This year's most-read patient stories worth a second look.

Wearable Monitors Show Promise for Heart Failure Management

Nov 15, 2019

Smartwatches and other wearable devices may be the future of heart failure management.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Sep 29, 2019
Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Sep 17, 2019

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Sep 13, 2019
Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 
Heart Failure

Learning to Live With Heart Failure

Sep 10, 2019

If you just found out you have heart failure, you may feel scared or overwhelmed. And that's OK.

Heart Failure in Young Adults

Aug 16, 2019

Study finds that young patients with heart failure face lower risk of death but poorer quality of life than the elderly.

Being Overweight and Obese Damages Heart Muscle

Jun 21, 2019

Swedish study links carrying excess weight to a weaker heart and heart failure later in life.

Experts Provide Guidance on Managing Diabetes and Heart Failure

Jun 20, 2019

Treating diabetes and heart failure together should be handled differently than managing each condition alone.

Coordinating Care for Patients with Heart Failure and Diabetes

Feb 07, 2019
Diabetes worsens outcomes for people with diastolic heart failure, highlighting the need for coordinated care. 

Flu Vaccination Boosts Survival for Patients with Heart Failure

Jan 10, 2019
The flu shot reduced risk of death by 18% in patients with heart failure, Danish study finds.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

Dec 13, 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Exercise is Recommended for Prevention and Management of Heart Failure

Dec 12, 2018
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps protect against heart failure and improve outcomes, explain experts.

Featured Video

If you just found out you have heart failure, you may feel scared or overwhelmed. And that's OK.

Infographic: Turning Heart Failure Into Heart Success

Action Plan For Heart Failure

Use "I Have Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction. Now What?" to help you and your care team talk through the best first steps for managing your condition.

Infographic: Heart Failure