A heart attack and heart failure are very similar events, and often directly connected, but physically they are two different things. A heart attack is caused when the flow of blood to the heart muscles is blocked, while heart failure is when the heart becomes less effective at pumping blood. When heart failure is left untreated, it will often develop into congestive heart failure which can be very dangerous 1.
The good news is that heart failure can be treated, especially if caught in time. It is a chronic condition, meaning it is never actually cured, but modern medicine can still help the patient considerably. Regardless, it is a condition that is to be taken very seriously. Here’s a look at some of the most common symptoms.
Symptom #1: Fatigue
As the heart is pumping blood, it is supplying all parts of the body with the nutrients and energy that it needs. When this flow of blood is restricted, so is the supply of nutrition, causing the body to prioritize the supply of nutrients to the essential organs.
As a result of the prioritization of blood flow, the less important parts of the body are essentially deprived of the nutrition they require to operate. This makes us feel fatigued even when we have not been taking part in strenuous activities. Such fatigue is a symptom of heart failure, and when combined with other symptoms, is a reason to seek further medical advice.