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What is heart failure?

What is heart failure?

What is heart failure? It does not mean your heart is about to stop. Heart failure is an unfortunate phrase which describes a set of conditions. The Pumping Marvellous Foundation like to call heart failure “heart inefficiency” or just HF.
How to diagnose heart failure

How to diagnose heart failure

Getting to the point where a heart failure diagnosis is made usually takes several steps, however one simple blood test (NT-proBNP) is usually the first test.
Newly diagnosed

Newly diagnosed

We reckon you are feeling terrific about the new you? A heart failing, everything you seem to read is negative and therefore, what does the future hold? We reckon you feel as though you need to give up?
NYHA Scale

NYHA Scale

The New York Heart Association Functional Classification or NHYA for short, is a simple way for your doctor or nurse to classify your heart failure. It is based on your physical ability to do things, as well as other potential symptoms like your breathing and shortness of breath.
Living well with heart failure

Living well with heart failure

We want to use data and academic studies; we want to tell real stories from our amazing and committed Pumping Marvellous Heart Failure patient and family community; and we want to continue to work with our world leading team of clinical advisers, to improve people’s lives.
Monitoring your symptoms

Monitoring your symptoms

Recognising a change in your symptoms is essential but what to do if they get worse is the most important. Always have your symptom checker to hand with your healthcare team’s contact details.
Types of heart failure

Types of heart failure

Heart failure specialists believe there are three types of heart failure. HFrEF (Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction), HFmrEF (Heart Failure with mid-range Ejection Fraction) and HFpEF (Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction).
Treatments

Treatments

As the treatment for Heart Failure varies depending on whether the ejection fraction is preserved or reduced, the information contained here summarises the management of patients who have Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction.
Medications

Medications

When you have heart failure, one of the cornerstones to support proper functioning of your heart is medication. The drugs recommended for heart failure are proven to help your symptoms, improve your outlook, and increase your life expectancy.
Cardiac Devices

Cardiac Devices

This page deals with CRT devices CRT-P, CRT-D and ICD. CRT stands for Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy, the “D” for defibrillator and the “P” for pacing. Often when people have heart failure their heart is weak and may be damaged in places.
Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

There is evidence that people with heart failure gain significant improvement as a result of attending heart failure rehabilitation. These are usually formal exercise classes designed for patients with heart failure.
Guide to heart valves

Guide to heart valves

The heart is divided into four chambers and in order for the blood to flow from one chamber to another, there are valves that function as gates. The heart valves open and close so that the blood does not flow backwards and ensures it flows in the right direction.
Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is prevalent in patients with heart failure and is often neglected. It is an independent predictor of outcomes and a major contributor to exercise intolerance, even in the absence of anaemia.
LVADS

LVADS

LVAD stands for Left Ventricular Assist Device. It is an implanted device that works to supports your heart. A LVAD does not replace your heart but works with it to pump more blood around the body with less effort.
Transplant

Transplant

A heart transplant is the removal of an extremely damaged heart and replaced with a healthy heart from a donor. A heart transplant occurs when a heart can no longer support the rest of the body by supplying sufficient amounts of blood to other organs. A transplant will only be recommended for someone with end stage heart failure.
Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

View our glossary of heart failure terms.
Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Since 2018, Palliative Care, with its inclusion into the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines for Adults, is important for patients and their families to know that palliative care is integrated into standardised care as set out by the guidelines.

Secret sauce

Dictionary – “A special quality or feature regarded as the chief factor in the success of something or someone.”

So, what’s your “Secret Sauce?” What makes you tick?

At Pumping Marvellous, we know it takes some real inner drive to live well with heart failure. Pumping Marvellous are Secret Sauce catalysts; we draw out people’s inner Secret Sauce, people’s superpowers and enable other people to learn from other people’s experiences.

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We are the Pumping Marvellous Foundation, the UK’s heart failure patient-led charity. Find out more about why we do what we do.
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