Symptoms of heart failure
Symptoms of heart failure may develop slowly (over days or weeks) or quickly. If you do not get help as soon as you have symptoms, you may need to spend time in the hospital to get the symptoms under control. Common symptoms of heart failure are:
To check for swelling in your ankle or foot, press the area with your finger. If you leave an indented fingerprint, it is a sign of edema. Call your health care team.
Heart failure symptoms can be managed. The earlier you recognize your symptoms and report them to your health care team, the less time you may need to spend in the hospital. This means your life will be more enjoyable.
Remember, if you have any recurring symptoms, call your health care provider right away. You may be able to keep yourself out of the hospital.