Specialist expertise: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Hypertension, Management of heart failure and advanced non-invasive cardiac imaging, Heart Rhythm Disturbances including Atrial Fibrillation, Pacing and Syncope, Heart Rhythm Disorders.
Heart failure means the heart is not able to pump blood around the body as it should. The heart could have either become too weak or stiff to work properly, but it doesn’t mean the heart has stopped working altogether.
Heart failure can occur at any age but is mostly common in older people. It is a long-term condition that tends to get worse over long periods of time. Whilst it cannot be cured, symptoms can be controlled for many years.
Types of Heart Failure
- Systolic Heart Failure – the pump does not contract down properly
- Diastolic Heart Failure – the pump can contract, but does not relax properly
Heart failure can often be referred to in Four Grades – learn more about these grades in this article.