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

In the early stages, you may not notice any symptoms, but if your heart failure progresses you are likely to experience symptoms, which may 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
Weight gain
Swollen ankles, legs or abdomen

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

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.

How ever many of these symptoms you experience, it’s important to monitor them daily. If you notice something new, or a symptom suddenly gets worse, you should tell your doctor or nurse immediately. This should be part of your self-management plan.

Click here for tips on the warning signs to watch for.