You have to realise that Heart Failure is a complexed condition and is very dynamic. What we mean by that is that it doesn’t have one symptom that will cause failure of the Heart.
We also believe that not all Heart Failure Patients should be categorised with Heart Failure as in a lot of cases it is not failure of the heart, it should be categorised as a dysfunction of the heart. Although not curable at the moment symptons can be managed.
Knowing the symptoms of heart failure is very important. These symptons can manifest themselves in any age of person – this is really important as the medical profession are not focussed on people under 40 getting Heart Failure symptoms and that is a fact because it is so rare. If in doubt demand a BNP test from your Doctor.
So how do I know if I have developed heart failure?
What are the symptoms of heart failure?
The main symptoms of heart failure are:
• Breathlessness (dyspnoea) when you’re more active than usual or sometimes when you’re resting.
• Extreme tiredness and weakness.
• Swelling in the abdomen,legs, ankles and feet (oedema).
These symptoms are often caused by other conditions, but they are signs that you might have heart failure. Your doctor may suggest doing some tests to see if you have got heart failure, or to rule it out as a cause for your symptoms.
Other symptoms that might be associated with heart failure include:
• Being woken up in the middle of the night gasping for breath (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea).
• A cough that will not go away.
• Nausea (feeling sick).
• Lack of appetite.
• Confusion or difficulties in concentrating.
If you have already been diagnosed with heart failure and you get any of these symptoms, or the ones you already have do not get better, it could mean that the condition is worsening and you need to have your treatment changed.