Severe heart failure 'can create the sensation of drowning'

24 September 2012

A new campaign by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has aimed to make the British public more aware of severe heart failure.

The organisation has been keen to underline that such a condition can cause the lungs to fill with fluid, in a sensation which leaves people feeling as though they are drowning.

Despite the seriousness of severe heart failure though, a survey by the BHF has suggested that 80 per cent of adults are unaware of how the condition can have an impact on everyday life.

Heart failure is a result of the heart not being capable of pumping blood around the body as well as it used to.

While mild forms of the condition can be treated with drugs to ensure a person lives a relatively normal life, those with severe heart failure often suffer from prolonged pain and distress.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, added: "People with acute, severe heart failure have a worse prognosis than most cancers. Heart failure has a very significant effect on morbidity. It can be disabling, it can leave people breathless and they can end up chair-bound and bed-bound."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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