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Heart Failure

According to the National Institutes of Health, "In heart failure, the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body. The heart cannot fill with enough blood or pump with enough force, or both. Heart failure develops over time as the pumping action of the heart gets weaker. It can affect either the right, the left, or both sides of the heart. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working or is about to stop working." Getting Started

General Information: An overview of the condition, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatments and medications

Self-Management: Understand and track the condition through use of various health tools

Assess your Heart Failure Care: Assessment tool to help Veterans better understand and evaluate the care they are receiving for heart failure

Seeking Advanced Information: A wide range of information, research and clinical trials

Reviewed/Updated Date: April, 2009

Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. William Duncan

Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Robert Jesse, Dr. Paul Heidenreich

Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Laurie Ray, Janet Schneider, Sharon Shade