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Heart failure

About heart failure

Heart failure is a condition where your heart can't pump blood the way it is supposed to. This can make you feel short of breath, have swollen feet, ankles, and legs, and feel tired and weak. This condition can affect people of any age and is usually caused by damage to the heart, for example, from a heart attack or high blood pressure.

Do I have heart failure?

If you are worried about your heart, or about symptoms of breathlessness or other heart failure symptoms, make an appointment with your general practice team.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated August 2014.

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