Living with Heart Failure and Managing Advanced HF

Updated:Jan 11,2018

After the Heart Failure (HF) Diagnosis

Although it can be difficult to live with a chronic condition like heart failure, many people can and do learn to manage the symptoms and live full and enjoyable lives. People who typically report greater levels of improvement and emotional wellbeing are often the ones who are willing to build new habits around eating better, exercising as directed by their healthcare team, and tracking and managing their symptoms.

At the American Heart Association, we are developing quality education and expanding resources to help you and your loved ones successfully rise above heart failure.

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Dealing with Advanced Heart Failure
Advanced heart failure is a term used when the condition has progressed to a point where traditional therapies and symptom management are no longer working. Of the more than 6 million American adults living with heart failure, about ten percent have advanced heart failure, and treatment decisions can become more complex.

Learn More About Options and Insight For People Facing Advanced Heart Failure

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This content was last reviewed May 2017.

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HF Series in Heart Insight Magazine

HI mag coverBig Heart Problem
In the first of a four-part series on heart failure, we investigate what it is, what causes it and what’s the prognosis.

The Unrelaxing Heart
The second installment explains heart failure with muscle intact. Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita, share their personal experience with Rita’s own heart failure diagnosis.

The Ins and Outs of Hospitalization
Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This article looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Shared Decision Making for Advanced HF
When HF progresses to an advanced stage, there are many decisions to be made. Here we delve into the importance of shared decision making.