Heart failure Information

Our goal is to help you to manage your condition well and to minimise the impact of the condition on your long-term health 

If you have heart failure, it's important to look after your own health and wellbeing, with support from those involved in your care

This includes having a healthy diet, exercising regularly, stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol and, where needed, taking medication consistently.

Above all, being as informed as possible, often sharing experiences with others and building healthy daily routines makes the biggest difference.


What is heart failure





Heart Failure is a long term condition to which your heart struggles to pump blood around the body which means the body's needs are not met.

Due to this it may build up blood in different parts of your body, most of the time, this collects in the lungs, legs and feet. 

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Further information is listed on the websites below





Congestive heart failure causes fluid to build up in your body because your heart isn’t pumping well.

This image was taken from Cleveland Clinic - please visit for more information.This image displays the different symptoms that one may experience if going up against heart failure


  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue whilst active
  • Shortness of breath throughout the day and waking up with at night
  • Swelling in ankles, stomach and legs
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • A dry cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Needing to urinate whilst resting in bed at night
  • Palpitations in your heart
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Fluid in lungs
  • Malnutrition



Exercising with heart failure can reduce the risk of being hospitalised. Your muscles and lungs will work better decreasing the straing on your heart. Watch the below videos for more information. 

NHS Heart Failure App

General Heart Failure Information


Last Updated 06/11/2023