Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. The main body organs and tissues are therefore prevented from getting oxygen and nutrients and thus do not work properly. Heart failure leads to oedema, which is the build-up of fluids in the tissues.
Heart failure is a chronic condition with serious consequences. It affects the general well-being including mental, physical and social status, and its prevalence increases with age. There is no cure for heart failure, but a combination of lifestyle changes, medications and sometimes surgery can help in the management and the treatment of this condition.