What if the signs of heart failure get worse?
The simplest sign that heart failure is growing worse is that you are able to do less and less. You cannot pace yourself and have been forced to stop engaging in the usual activities of daily living, particularly those that require physical strength. Because you stopped doing these activities or have become sedentary, you might not notice the signs and symptoms. The best course of action is to disclose to your physician if you became sedentary due to easy fatigability.
What to do if you have acute heart failure symptoms?
Heart failure is not the same as a heart attack. But just like a heart attack, it can be a life-threatening occurrence, requiring emergency hospital care for the patient. Call your local emergency services for assistance if your symptoms are sudden or severe. Heart failure can cause serious complications, such as cardiac arrest, which is when your heart stops beating. Some people with heart failure may also have other health conditions, making it difficult to determine the exact cause of their symptoms.