How can heart failure change over time?

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.

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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.

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AN ANIMATED JOURNEY THROUGH HEART FAILURE

A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.

USEFUL TOOLS

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PATIENT AND CAREGIVERS VIDEOS

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