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What are the indications that a heart is failing?
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Dr. David Utzschneider
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: Many
Hearts fail in different ways, and over time frames that can be shorter or longer. Typically you feel more short of breath with activity, or feel more short of breath at night when lying flat.
The ankles can swell. Most insidiously, you can simply have less energy to do things during the day, and it might take a careful listener to order the right tests to make the diagnosis.

In brief: Many
Hearts fail in different ways, and over time frames that can be shorter or longer. Typically you feel more short of breath with activity, or feel more short of breath at night when lying flat.
The ankles can swell. Most insidiously, you can simply have less energy to do things during the day, and it might take a careful listener to order the right tests to make the diagnosis.
Dr. David Utzschneider
Dr. David Utzschneider
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Shortness of breath
One of the must common symptoms of a heart failing is dyspnea, but other symptoms like chest pressure, fluid retention in the legs, rapid weight gain, abdominal girth are also common.

In brief: Shortness of breath
One of the must common symptoms of a heart failing is dyspnea, but other symptoms like chest pressure, fluid retention in the legs, rapid weight gain, abdominal girth are also common.
Dr. Fernando Torres
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Fatigue
As the heart starts to fail fatigue and shortness of breath particularly with exertion begin to occur. Later, swelling of the feet and legs, inability to lie flat at night and coughing may happen.
Eventually, even at rest these symptoms can exist.

In brief: Fatigue
As the heart starts to fail fatigue and shortness of breath particularly with exertion begin to occur. Later, swelling of the feet and legs, inability to lie flat at night and coughing may happen.
Eventually, even at rest these symptoms can exist.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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