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Overview of heart failure

Heart failure is a condition where your heart can't pump blood the way it's 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're worried about your heart, symptoms of breathlessness or other heart failure symptoms, make an appointment with your GP.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

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