Heart failure is when the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.
In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.
Heart failure is sometimes called congestive heart failure.
The term "heart failure" doesn't mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. However, heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care. It develops over time as the heart's pumping action grows weaker.
The condition can affect the right side of the heart only or both sides. Most cases involve both sides of the heart.
Right-side heart failure occurs if the heart can't pump enough blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen. Left-side heart failure occurs if the heart can't pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.
Right-side heart failure may cause fluid to build up in the feet, ankles, legs, liver, abdomen and the veins in the neck. Right-side and left-side heart failure may also cause shortness of breath and fatigue (tiredness).
Heart failure is a very common condition. Nearly 6 million people in the United States have heart failure. Currently there is no cure.
However, treatment such as medicines and lifestyle change can help people who have the condition live longer and more active lives.
Heart failure treatment with BAROSTIM implants
Barostim Neo is a device which uses a novel mechanism to improve cardiovascular function. This pacemaker-like device is designed to electrically activate the baroreflex, the body’s main cardiovascular reflex, signaling the brain to regulate cardiovascular function. Marshfield Clinic Health System is the first health care system in Wisconsin and only the second in the Midwest to implant what is deemed as the world’s first neuromodulation device for heart failure treatment.