Heart Failure

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About Heart Failure (HF)

Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood and oxygen. Learn more about how this can develop.

Causes and Risks for Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65 years and older. But this condition is not limited to seniors. Learn more about who is at risk and the conditions that can cause it.

Warning Signs and Symptoms

Heart failure requires you to pay close attention to changes in symptoms. Reduce your chances of hospital visits by understanding your symptoms and knowing when they signal trouble. Learn what warning signs to watch for.

Diagnosing Heart Failure

You may notice a shortness of breath, especially when lying down, swelling in the feet and ankles or a sudden weight gain. It is important to work with your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Heart Failure

When heart failure is caused by heart damage that has developed over time, it can't be cured. But there is good news. It can be treated and symptoms can improve. This information is provided at the sole discretion of the AHA and is not a part of the Rise Above Heart Failure initiative.

Living with HF and Managing Advanced HF

Although it can be difficult to live with a chronic condition like heart failure, you can learn to manage the symptoms and live a full and enjoyable life. For advanced heart failure patients and their doctors, making good decisions requires teamwork.

Tools and Resources

From downloadable trackers to communication tools, come explore the wealth of information to help you successfully manage HF.

Personal Stories

Be inspired by others who have found ways to live full and healthy lives with heart failure. Share your story on our Support Network, and help everyone rise above HF together.


About Rise Above HF

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Rise Above Heart Failure seeks to increase the dialogue about HF and improve the lives of people affected by the condition through awareness, education and support. Through the initiative, AHA strives to make a measurable impact on HF by 2020, by increasing the dialogue about the condition, empowering patients to take a more active role in their care, and encouraging small changes that can lead to healthier lifestyles and better disease management to help keep patients out of the hospital.

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