July 24, 2012

Because the symptoms of heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure) can be difficult to identify and describe, it is often diagnosed quite late. If you or the person you’re caring for has risk factors for heart disease, such as being a smoker or a former smoker and having high blood pressure or coronary artery disease (CAD), it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for heart failure. Taken by themselves, any one of the symptoms listed here probably isn’t cause for alarm, but two or more are good cause to call your doctor for an evaluation.

  1. Shortness of breath, particularly when sleeping or lying down
  2.  A feeling of chest pressure or “drowning”
  3. Clothes and shoes that feel tight
  4. Heart-rhythm problems
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Dizziness and light-headedness
  7. Anxiety
  8. Coughing
  9. Tiring easily or feeling exhausted all the time
  10. Any unexplained changes in behavior

For details about these symptoms, please read the rest of this article from Caring.com.