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Heart Failure

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, its structure, or both.

Over time, heart failure makes it 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 and ways to help you feel your best.

Living With Heart Failure


Heart failure is a chronic disease that sometimes worsens. But you can take steps to help control how you feel. Get tips and tools to manage living with heart failure.

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  • Last Edited 03/17/2022