Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a serious condition where the heart has difficulty pumping enough blood around the body. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood through the body effectively.

Recognition of Heart Failure

  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling tired
  • Swollen legs, ankles and feet
  • Dizziness

Sometimes the symptoms can develop quickly; however, they usually develop over time.

Management of Heart Failure

  • Call 000 for an ambulance
  • Sit the casualty upright
  • Reassure the casualty
  • Assist the casualty with his/her own medications if necessary, following the doctor’s directions on the medications