This is a simple explanation of what Heart Failure is.
Heart failure sounds alarming, but it doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped completely. It describes what happens when the heart is having trouble pumping enough blood around the body, and it usually occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly. It can affect the left, right or both sides of the heart, and this means that symptoms vary, depending on which side is affected. Heart failure is a long-term condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK.