Heart Failure


The heart’s inability to adequately pump blood throughout the body is known as heart failure. Usually, it occurs as a result of the heart being overly rigid or frail. Congestive heart failure is another name for it for heart failure although it’s less commonly used today.

Any age can experience it, but older people are more likely to do so.

The condition does not mean your heart has stopped working. It means it that it requires assistance to function more effectively. It is a chronic illness that usually gets progressively worse with time. While the symptoms can frequently be managed for many years, the condition is typically incurable.


Symptoms of heart failure


Heart failure’s primary signs and symptoms are:

  • Breathlessness during or after exercise,
  • Feeling worn out and finding exercise to be draining,
  • Feeling dizzy or fainting,
  • Swelling of the ankles and legs

Other signs that some people encounter include a lingering cough, a rapid heartbeat, and light-headedness.


Causes of heart failure


It frequently results from several heart conditions occurring simultaneously.

Heart failure may result from several conditions, including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Congenital heart disease

Other factors involve: Obesity, anaemia, excessive alcohol consumption, an overactive thyroid, or high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension).



Heart failure treatments


Heart failure treatment often seeks to manage the symptoms for as long as feasible and slow the condition’s development. Depending on what is causing the condition, the treatment(s) will change.

Treatments include:

  • Lifestyle modifications, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising frequently, and quitting smoking medications.
  • A variety of medications can help
  • Surgery – such as a bypass procedure or a heart transplant


Here at One Hatfield Hospital, we offer cardiology services and have a dedicated team of cardiology consultants on hand to rapidly assess, diagnose and treat heart failure along with a range of other conditions.

Our hospital is perfectly located to welcome and treat patients living throughout Hertfordshire, including Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford, North London, and Welwyn, as well as Bedfordshire.

You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Heart Failure treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages. If you are using your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.

Why One Hatfield

  • Modern purpose-built hospital opened in December 2017
  • Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound
  • Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
  • Specialist physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little or no waiting time
  • ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Calm, dignified experience

Contact us and find out more

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