Heart failure is a serious, chronic condition that tends to gradually get worse over time. Eventually it can shorten your life.

The progress of heart failure is unpredictable and different for each person. In many cases, the symptoms remain at a stable level for quite some time (months or years) before becoming worse. In some cases the severity and symptoms become gradually worse over time. Or they may progress rapidly following, for example, a new heart attack, a heart rhythm disorder or a lung infection. Such acute conditions usually respond to treatment.

Learn more about how your doctor may grade your heart failure to monitor the progression of your condition.

Most importantly, you should understand that careful management of your condition can not only ease symptoms but can also improve prognosis and prolong life. Your doctor and other members of your healthcare team will work with you to treat your condition effectively, using a combination of medical treatments and changes to your lifestyle. 

Learn more about how your doctor can treat your heart failure.

Alternatively, learn how you can improve your condition.