Heart failure causes shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, and swelling in the ankles, feet and legs. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working or is about to stop working, but it is a serious condition that requires treatment. Lifestyle changes – along with medications and ongoing care – are key to managing heart failure.
For more information, see “Heart Health,” an Age Page from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH.
The information on Heart Failure was developed for NIHSeniorHealth by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH.