Heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes weak and has difficulty pumping blood around the body. In most cases, heart failure is a lifelong condition and cannot be cured.
Some of the main symptoms include shortness of breath, swollen legs, ankles, and feet, coughing – particularly at night, loss of appetite and dizziness.
There is not one single cause that leads to heart failure. A number of health conditions can increase your likelihood of developing heart failure such as high blood pressure, diabetes or a heart attack.
Here are some helpful online resources on heart failure:
The HFSA is a not-for-profit organised by heart failure experts to provide a forum for all those interested in heart function, heart failure, and congestive heart failure (CHF) research and patient care.
The Heart Foundation provides information on heart failure to patients with the condition, as well as guidelines and toolkits to clinicians.
The Pumping Marvellous Foundation (PMF) is the UK’s patient led Heart Failure charity, founded to deliver hope to its beneficiaries through the facilitation of better patient outcomes.
If you are seeking support for heart failure, or know someone who may need help, you may find these Facebook groups helpful:
A Facebook group for people who want to know more about congestive heart failure and seek support.
A closed Facebook group for people who have been diagnosed with heart failure and for family members of those with the condition.
A Facebook group open only for women with heart problems and for women with a loved one with heart problems.