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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

Symptoms of Chronic Heart Failure There are several symptoms that can point to chronic heart failure. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important that you see your doctor. • Cough: Typically, a persistent cough or even wheezing can signal chronic heart failure. The coughing may be dry, or it may produce phlegm that is white or pink from tinges of blood. • Shortness of breath: Getting out of breath during activity or even during rest or while sleeping can be a sign of chronic heart failure. • Loss of appetite: Feeling like your stomach is full or even experiencing nausea can be a sign of chronic heart failure. • Fatigue or weakness: People who have chronic heart failure sometimes experience a consistent lack of energy and even difficulty doing what they normally do. • Need to urinate at night: While this can be a symptom of other conditions, it can also signal chronic heart failure. • Fast or irregular pulse: If your pulse seems to be uneven or too rapid, it could be a signal of chronic heart failure. • Palpitations: A sense that the heart is racing or pounding can be a symptom of chronic heart failure. • Swollen feet, ankles, or abdomen: Also called edema, this buildup of fluid in the lower extremities can also cause inexplicable weight gain. Fluid can also build up in your mid-section. Either way, this may be a symptom of chronic heart failure. 7


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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