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Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Heart

Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping.
Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol.

In brief: Heart

Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping.
Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Kier Huehnergarth
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Heart

Heart failure occurs when the heart looses the ability to pump the normal amount of blood to the rest of the body.
Most often, this is because the heart muscle has weakened and does not squeeze normally or the heart muscle does not relax and fill with blood normally between heartbeats. There is a broad range of severity of heart failure and not all people with heart failure have symptoms. Typical symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, particularly with exertion or when lying down flat, fatigue and swelling of the legs or abdomen. There are many causes of heart failure, one of which is a heart attack. However, heart attacks do not always cause heart failure. Whether a heart attack causes heart failure depends on the severity of the heart attack (i.e. How much heart muscle dies as a result of the heart attack).

In brief: Heart

Heart failure occurs when the heart looses the ability to pump the normal amount of blood to the rest of the body.
Most often, this is because the heart muscle has weakened and does not squeeze normally or the heart muscle does not relax and fill with blood normally between heartbeats. There is a broad range of severity of heart failure and not all people with heart failure have symptoms. Typical symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, particularly with exertion or when lying down flat, fatigue and swelling of the legs or abdomen. There are many causes of heart failure, one of which is a heart attack. However, heart attacks do not always cause heart failure. Whether a heart attack causes heart failure depends on the severity of the heart attack (i.e. How much heart muscle dies as a result of the heart attack).
Dr. Kier Huehnergarth
Dr. Kier Huehnergarth
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