The phrase “Heart Failure” (HF) can be misleading. The heart doesn’t “fail” in the sense that it suddenly stops working. HF is a gradual process that happens over time. Although HF can still progress when treated, it can worsen faster if left untreated.
So what really happens to your heart with HF?
- The Normal Heart
- A healthy heart has strong muscular walls that squeeze and relax to pump blood around the body
- Enlarged Heart due to HF
- In some cases, HF causes muscles in the heart wall to weaken and enlarge because they have to work so hard
- As a result, your heart doesn’t pump the way it should
It is important to speak to your physicians about your treatment plan and revise the treatment strategy as you continue on the HF journey.