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Heart failure

Symptoms

The symptoms of heart failure can vary from person to person. They may start suddenly or develop gradually over weeks or months.

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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.

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

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