Heart Failure Symptoms

People with heart failure typically experience an increase in symptoms as the heart becomes weaker and less able to pump blood through the body. Signs of heart failure include:

  • Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet due to excess fluid.
  • Weight gain, stomach bloating, and decreased appetite due to excess fluid.
  • Increased shortness of breath due to excess fluid.
  • Coughing due to excess fluid.
  • Unable to lie flat due to excess fluid.
  • Waking up short of breath due to excess fluid.
  • Fatigue due to reduced blood supply to the organs and muscles.
  • Poor exercise tolerance.
  • Dizziness or “blackouts”