Early diagnosis, lifestyle changes and appropriate treatments can help you lead a normal and active life,
stay out of hospital and live longer. But it's important to know the symptoms and keep an eye on them.
The symptoms of heart failure can be confused with other health issues,
so it is important to make sure you mention all of your symptoms to your doctor.
If you have breathlessness while lying flat at night it may be due to heart failure which can cause fluid to build up in the lungs.
If you find you have shortness of breath doing day-to-day activities this may be due to heart failure which can cause fluid to build up in the lungs.
If you have swollen feet or ankles it may be due to fluid retention. This can make your shoes tight and uncomfortable.
Coughing is the body's way of clearing the fluid that has built up in the lungs.
If you feel too tired or exhausted to do day-to-day activities it may be due to heart failure which can make it harder for the body to get the oxygen it needs.
If any of your symptoms are severe or if you gain more than 2kg in 2 days,
please consult your doctor as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about heart failure, the resources below may help.
They cover living with heart failure, talking to your doctor and the common symptoms of heart failure.
This short summary covers the 5 possible signs and symptoms of heart failure to be aware of and discuss with your doctor.
This guide contains useful tips and information on discussing how you are feeling with your doctor. It includes advice on what to do before, during and after your appointment.
This booklet has been specially developed to provide more information on heart failure, what it is, how it is treated and how to monitor and live with this condition.