World Heart Day : What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Defective heart valves, untreated high BP, genetic disease are also causes of heart failure. Whatever the cause, heart failure can no longer pump enough to keep up with the body’s need for oxygen-rich blood. Here, learn about some signs of heart failure.

Symptoms of heart failure


When one’s heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to meet the body’s energy needs, one may feel tired and fatigued. Hence, one cannot do his daily tasks easily.


People with heart failure are unable to perform their daily tasks easily due to fatigue and shortness of breath. They are often tired. Can’t concentrate on work.


Accumulation of fluid in the lungs causes symptoms such as cough, wheezing and difficulty in breathing.

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Edema, swelling of the ankles..

Fluid builds up in the ankles, legs, thighs, and abdomen when the heart doesn’t have enough pumping power to push used blood back up from the lower extremities. Many people also gain weight with this excess fluid.

Not breathing

You will be shocked to know that this is also a common symptom of heart failure. Fluid in the lungs makes it harder for carbon dioxide in used blood to turn into fresh oxygen. Breathing can also be difficult while lying down due to gravity allowing fluid from below the lungs to travel up one’s torso.

Breathing problems

Confused, weak..

Some people experience memory loss and disorientation.

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Lack of appetite, nausea..

One’s digestive system receives less blood. This leads to digestive problems. Hence there are signs like poor appetite and nausea.

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Increased heart rate

do you know One also has heart palpitations. It feels like your heart is racing and pounding. It is essential to consult a doctor after you notice such symptoms.

-Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center in Mumbai.

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