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Even if you are treating your heart failure successfully, you may develop a complication that can be serious and life-threatening. It is important to identify complications of heart failure as soon as possible, because some can be extremely serious conditions. You can discuss your complications with your doctor and learn to take the proper steps to prevent them. The table below outlines the complications of heart failure.
What is it?
What problems does it cause?
An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
Ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia
Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
Reduced functioning of your kidneys
Decreased oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in red blood cells
Your brain is deprived of oxygen because its blood supply has been significantly decreased or cut off.
Heart valve condition
A leaky or tight valve reduces the efficiency of the heart's pumping action.
Unintentional severe weight loss
Leg venous stasis and ulcers
Venous stasis: Your skin thickens and looks shiny or scaly, your hair might also fall out, your skin may also turn brown or reddish.
Ulcers: Injuries to your swollen legs cause fluid to constantly ooze out of cuts in your skin.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of:
December 6, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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