Heart Failure in Simple Terms

Heart failure occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood sufficient for the body’s needs.

Normal Heart Function


Two Types of Heart Failure


People with heart failure are breathless, they may have ankle swelling, and they often feel extremely tired.

At times, heart failure can be acute and a life-threatening medical emergency requiring hospitalization for urgent care.

Nearly anything that can damage the heart can lead to heart failure, whether it affects the ventricles (the main pumping chambers), the valves or the heart rhythm.