Heart failure is a serious heart condition characterized by the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood throughout the body. Major risk factors for heart failure include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and diabetes. Other heart problems like arrhythmias or heart valve disease may also contribute to the development of heart failure.
Understanding Heart Failure
To understand heart failure, let’s review how the heart works. The heart has four chambers: two upper chambers (right and left atria) and two lower chambers (right and left ventricles). Valves separate the chambers of the heart so blood flows in one direction throughout the body. Read more