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Heart Failure Hub

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What is heart failure? Heart failure is a term used to describe a heart that cannot keep up with its workload. Your body depends on the heart’s pumping action to deliver oxygen and blood to your body’s cells. When the cells are nourished properly, your body can function normally. If you have heart failure, your body may not get the oxygen it needs.

Heart failure means that the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be. Congestive heart failure is a type of heart failure that needs timely medical attention because of fluid built up around the heart, although sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably.

With heart failure, the weakened heart can’t supply the cells with enough blood. This results in feeling tired and having shortness of breath, and sometimes coughing. Everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries can be very difficult.

Thanks to support from St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County, we've created this guide of heart failure resources for North Bay residents. Check back often as we continue to add more tools and information.


With heart failure, the weakened heart can’t supply the cells with enough blood.

Heart Failure Warning Signs

By themselves, any one sign of heart failure may not be cause for alarm. But if you have more than one of these symptoms, even if you haven't been diagnosed with any heart problems, report them to a healthcare professional and ask for an evaluation of your heart. Congestive heart failure is a type of heart failure which requires seeking timely medical attention, although sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably.

  • shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • persistent coughing or wheezing
  • buildup of excess fluid in body tissues (edema)
  • tiredness, fatigue
  • lack of appetite, nausea
  • confusion, impaired thinking
  • increased heart rate

Normal Heart, heart muscle pumps blood out of the left ventricle. Heart Failure: weakened heart muscle cannot pump enough blood.
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Together, we can lead healthier lives with heart failure

Although it can be difficult living with a chronic condition like heart failure, many people learn to manage the symptoms – and enjoy full lives.

We are here to provide you the resources you need to live healthier, manage your condition, and provide support and answers. Start with the downloadable PDFs below.

St. Joseph Health

The North Bay Heart Failure Hub is brought to you thanks to St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County.

*All health/medical information on this website has been reviewed and approved by the American Heart Association, based on scientific research and American Heart Association guidelines.