What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure may be due to muscle dysfunction due to stiffness of the muscle, which does not allow it to relax normally; and/or dysfunction due to decreased pump function. When heart failure occurs, there is pressure transmitted back to the lungs resulting in shortness of breath and congestion. There may also be decreased output from the heart resulting in abnormal blood flow to the vital organs.

Causes of heart failure include:

What are the Symptoms of Heart Failure?

Symptoms of heart failure include:​

How is Heart Failure Diagnosed?

Testing for heart failure may include:​

What are Some Treatments for HF?

Treatment for heart failure includes:

  • Medication

  • Diet/lifestyle changes

  • Exercise

  • Sometimes procedures like:

    • Stents or bypass to restore blood flow

    • Monitoring devices

    • Pacemakers/defibrillators

    • In advanced cases-mechanical assist devices (artificial pumps) and/or heart transplant

HeartPlace Plano West has the best cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and vascular surgeons in Plano, TX. 


6124 West Parker Road
Medical Building 3, Suite 536
Plano, Texas 75093

Phone: 972-378-9560

Fax: 844-290-4363

Location Hours: 

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1105 Central Expressway North
Medical Building 2, 3rd Floor, Suite 2330

Allen, Texas 75013

Phone: 972-649-6511

Fax: 844-290-4360

Location Hours: 

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