Heart failure symptoms can vary widely from person to person, depending on the type of heart failure you have. Therefore, you may experience all of the symptoms described here or just a few of them.

In the early stage, you are unlikely to notice any symptoms, but if your heart failure progresses you are likely to experience symptoms, which become more severe.

The main symptoms of heart failure are caused by fluid accumulation or congestion. and poor blood flow to the body. This section will explain these symptoms and provide tips on how to improve them.

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Symptoms caused by fluid accumulation or congestion

Shortness of breath
   
Coughing/wheezing
   
Weight gain
   
Swollen ankles

Symptoms related to the reduced blood flow to parts of the body.

Tiredness/fatigue
   
Dizziness
   
Rapid heart rate

Other symptoms of heart failure

Loss of appetite
   
Need to urinate at night


In addition to the physical symptoms of heart failure, some people can be affected by the seriousness and severity of heart failure and may experience emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.

However many of these symptoms you experience, it is important to monitor them on a daily basis. If you notice something new, or a symptom suddenly gets worse, you should tell your doctor or nurse without delay.

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