In heart failure, the heart can't pump enough blood to the rest of the body. The heart still beats, but it is weak and damaged. Fluid often backs up (congestion) into the lungs, liver, abdomen or legs.
Advanced Heart Failure
What Causes Heart Failure?
The cause of heart failure is usually injury or strain on the heart muscle due to:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- High blood pressure
- Heart valve problems
- Abnormal heart rhythms (either too fast or too slow)
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Other conditions
Monitoring Your Condition from Home
Changes can be subtle when you have heart failure. You may not even notice worsening symptoms that, if left untreated, can lead to a hospital stay.
With the CardioMEMS™ HF System, your doctor can remotely monitor your condition for any pressure in your lungs. This also allows your doctor to act quickly with early treatment that may slow the progression of advanced heart failure.