Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood through
the body. Usually, the loss in pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart
problem, such as coronary artery disease.With just a push of
a button, Life Alert can dispatch
the paramedics when you might not be able to reach the phone.
The term heart failure suggests a sudden and complete stop of heart activity. But,
actually, the heart does not suddenly stop. Rather, heart failure usually develops
slowly, often over years, as the heart gradually loses its pumping ability and works
less efficiently. Some people may not become aware of their condition until symptoms
appear years after their heart began its decline.
How serious the condition is depends on how much pumping capacity the
heart has lost.