By Jon Caswell
Heart failure (HF) is the name given to a condition in which the heart muscle is
unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood, oxygen and
nutrients. “Basically, the heart can’t keep up with its workload,” said Mariell Jessup,
professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Heart and Vascular Center.
“Because of the lack of oxygen in their brains, organs and muscles, patients with
heart failure feel tired and breathless. They may develop fluid retention and become
gradually less able to exercise. Those are the classic symptoms of heart failure.”
Heart failure sounds catastrophic, and
untreated it can be, but with treatment
it is a manageable condition.