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Preventing heart failure

Reducing risk of heart failure Heart failure happens when your heart has been damaged in some way. It means that your heart can't pump blood as well as it should. It happens when changes in your heart make the heart muscle weak or stiff, so that it has difficulty pumping or filling normally.

You may be at risk of heart failure if you:

Reducing my risk of heart failure

Maintain a healthy lifestyle by:

Have regular check-ups with your general practice team. If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

You may need medicines to help manage your heart health. Even so, it's still very important to manage your lifestyle to reduce your risk. Read the Heart Foundation's booklet on Lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke to learn what lifestyle changes you can make to keep your heart healthy.

There are several tests for heart disease. Talk to your GP about what tests you need. They'll refer you to a heart specialist if they think you need further tests.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by General Practitioner Liaison, Cardiology. Last reviewed December 2018.

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