Heart failure occurs when the heart pumps too weakly to supply enough oxygen and nutrients to the body. Signs and symptoms of fluid overload or poor tissue perfusion indicate that a patient has heart failure. Some common causes include: hypertension, coronary artery disease, and valvular disease.

To manage heart failure, it is important to monitor your weight, carefully manage your medications, exercise, follow dietary recommendations, and recognize signs of worsening heart failure.

More information is available at: http://www.hfsa.org/