• Heart failure is a group of symptoms caused by poor heart muscle function.
  • Heart failure does not mean that your heart is going to stop working. It means your heart muscle does not pump enough blood to meet the needs of your body.
  • There is no cure for heart failure. Damage to your heart muscle may improve but will not go away.
  • There are many causes of heart failure. Common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, high blood pressure and cardiomyopathy.
  • The choices you make in diet, exercise, weight monitoring and taking medications can help keep your heart failure from getting worse, help you feel better and may help improve your heart function.
  • Keeping track of the signs and symptoms of heart failure and alerting your doctor or nurse to changes, even before you do not feel well, can help stabilize your heart failure.

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