How Serious Is Heart Failure?Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 09:56
This depends on how severe the heart failure is.
If the heart failure is mild, it may not significantly affect a person's lifestyle and day-to-day living.
On the other hand, severe heart failure can affect a person's every move and can be fatal.
Thus there is a "spectrum" of severity from very mild heart failure to severe heart failure.
Treatment is essential in all types of heart failure, which can help significantly, and in most non-severe cases can allow the person to enjoy a normal and full life. Medication can also significantly help those suffering with severe heart failure to improve their day-to-day living and live longer.
Need To Know:
Physicians are able to determine exactly how severe heart failure is by calculating what is called the
Normally the ejection fraction is 50-75%.
Heart failure can be "left-sided", due to failure of the pumping action of the left side of the heart, or "right-sided", due to failure of the pumping action of the right side of the heart (which is much less common).