The term "heart failure" is admittedly scary. Heart failure means simply that the heart does not pump as well as it normally should. Heart failure is usually classified into two types:
The lower left chamber of the heart enlarges, and cannot squeeze hard enough to pump the right amount of oxygenated blood to the body.
The heart squeezes and pumps normally; however, the bottom chamber is thicker and/or stiffer than a normal heart. This causes the heart to not be able to relax properly and the heart cannot fill up completely. Because of the heart’s stiffness, there is less blood passing through, and less blood pump out to the body.
Heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition that cannot be cured. But it can be managed — through a doctor-prescribed combination of lifestyle changes, heart medications and surgical treatment.