Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. People with heart failure often feel weak, tired or have trouble breathing.
If you are suffering from heart failure, you are not alone. More than 3.6 million new cases of heart failure are reported each year.
Heart failure starves the vital organs of the blood and oxygen needed to function properly. The symptoms of heart failure can often be mistaken for other ailments.
Stages of Heart Failure
Heart failure is chronic and progressive. Based on your symptoms and quality of life, the progression of heart failure is divided into four classes by the New York Heart Association.
Advanced Heart Failure
As heart failure progresses, medications and surgery may no longer be adequate to manage this condition. These patients may benefit from a mechanical circulatory support device, such as a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD).
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