Heart failureDiagnosis

If you have symptoms of heart failure, your GP should offer you some checks and a blood test to see how well your heart is working.


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


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


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.


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