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Nursing2015

November 2004, Volume 34 Number 11 , p 46 - 47

Author

  • DENISE M. McENROE AYERS RN, MSN

Abstract

Outline

  • What is heart failure?

  • How will my health care provider know I have heart failure?

  • How will my health care provider treat my heart failure?

  • When should I call my health care provider?

  • How does this medicine help me?



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    What is heart failure?

    Heart failure means that your heart can't fill with blood or pump blood to the rest of your body as well as it should. The heart muscles have to work harder to do their job.

    Figure. No caption available. When your heart can't pump as it should, blood and fluids back up in your body, which may cause swelling in your belly, legs, hands, and feet and make you gain weight. You may feel tired, dizzy, or short of breath, especially at night or when you lie down. Too much fluid in your lungs may make you cough.

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