Heart failureOverview

Heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It usually occurs because the heart has become too weak or stiff.

overview

Heart failure is where the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly and needs treatment to help it work.

symptoms

Symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, tiredness and swelling in your ankles or legs.

causes

Heart failure is caused by damage to the heart or a problem with the way it works. Common causes include heart disease and high blood pressure.

treatments_overview

The main treatments for heart failure are healthy lifestyle changes and medicines. Some people may also need a pacemaker or heart surgery.

Page last reviewed: 26/10/2018
Next review due: 26/10/2021