You might have felt frightened when your health care provider told you that you have heart failure. Although the term "heart failure" sounds frightening, it is a treatable condition. Heart failure does not mean your heart has stopped working. You can have heart failure without ever suffering from a heart attack. Having heart failure simply means that your heart does not work as well as it should. Your heart may be having difficulty pumping blood, either from being too weak or too stiff. As a result, your heart, organs and tissues cannot receive an adequate supply of blood, making it more difficult for you to do things that might have been easy in the past.
There are ways you and your health care provider can help your heart work more efficiently. Getting acquainted with how the heart works may help you understand how heart failure occurs and what you can do about it.
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