Heart Health

03 July 2019

3 symptoms of an acute heart failure episode!

Sponsored: Heart failure can be punctuated by acute episodes where symptoms worsen rapidly - this is known as acute heart failure (AHF)

Below are some symptoms that could indicate an acute heart failure episode.1,2

  • Increased swelling - As an acute heart failure episode approaches, fluid rapidly builds-up around the body causing swelling of the lower legs, abdomen or feet.
  • Severe breathlessness - Due to fluid building up in the lungs, patients will become severely breathless and incapacitated, often compared to the sensation of drowning.
  • Rapid weight gain - Because of the rapid build-up of fluids, patients will rapidly gain weight.

1. Mosterd A, Hoes AW. Clinical epidemiology of heart failure. Heart. 2007;93(9):1137-46.
2. Irish Heart Foundation. Living well with heart failure patient booklet. 2013