What are warning signs of a failing heart?

Subtle. The first warning will be that you cannot keep up with your usual pace doing fitness activities without getting winded. The first symptom is often mild nausea, no one knows why. If you suddenly feel breathless when lying down and must sit up, or if your shoes are tight at the end of the day, you have been warned. Caught early, heart failure may be easy to reverse. Good luck.
Many. The heart is a pump. If the pump starts to fail, then effective blood flow will decrease and the cardiovascular system will back up . So warning signs are multiple and varied: swollen feet, stomach problems, difficulty breathing, fatigue, irregular heart beats, fast heart rate, sweating, trouble lying flat. Discuss any changes in daily lifestyle with your doctor.

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Is a chesty cough sign of heart failure?

Hmm. Im not sure what a chesty cough means but a cough can be associated with heart failure. That being said at age 24 if you don't have congenital heart disease (that is a heart defect at birth) then you don't really need to think much about heart failure. There are a ton of other reasons you could have a cough that would be far more likely. . Read more...

Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

This . This is also similar to the answer that i provided about the tendency of the body to have a reflex when all voluntary activities are no longer controllable. In the setting of chf, there is also an increase in the blood pressure to the blood vessels supplying the blood flow to the inner aspects of the lung; these blood vessels are small, and fragile and not uncommonly can rupture during CPR causing bleeding within the airspaces of the lung which after some period of time may come up through the mouth (usually as one applies pressure on the chest during CPR it causes an increase in the pressure within the chest, causing any fluid in the lung to surface). I do not believe that your father was aware of what was happening, and he certainly was not in pain or suffering. Read more...
Heart attack. What you described is acute pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock. This is caused by a massive acute heart attack where the heart suddenly stop pumping , fluid rapidly accumulates in the lungs and blood pressure falls as cardiac output drops. This is the most dreaded complication of a heart attack and unfortunately it is frequently fatal. Read more...

Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

It . It is likely that this was just a reflex, an event that occurs as the body is not able to coordinate voluntary activities anymore and basic activities take place. Given the extent of time that the CPR took, it is likely that he was not aware of what was happening and was no longer in any pain or discomfort. Read more...