I have heart failure. What is my next step?
Your first step is to partner with your doctor to find the best treatment. You should learn all you can about heart failure and what to expect moving forward. This will also give you greater confidence and peace of mind about the treatment options.
What is the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and heart failure?
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating because of a problem with the internal electrical system that controls the heartbeat rhythm.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. It is usually caused by dysfunction in the pumping action of the heart due to the inability of the ventricles (the main pumping chambers) to contract or to relax properly.
What other resources can I turn to for reliable information?
The following Web site links are provided for your convenience and are not monitored or managed by St. Jude Medical, Inc. It is important to note that St. Jude Medical is not responsible for content presented on any external Web site, linked pages, or other sites listed and is not liable for any damage or loss associated with the use of the Web sites.
American Heart Association - American Heart Association is a U.S. national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Their Web site offers educational information and tools.
WebMD® Heart Health Center - WebMD offers you and your family and friends medical information and tools including articles about heart health, message boards and a physician directory.
Heart Failure Society of America - The Heart Failure Society of America gives you access to heart failure experts from the Americas to provide a forum for all those interested in heart function, heart failure and congestive heart failure (CHF) research and patient care.
Last Reviewed: April 25, 2011 V-00304