Private nurse Maria Dragsbæk Feldt believes that many people can live a long time with heart failure problems if they treat them early.
You may feel a bit tired and breathless. But you blame it on working too much. Until the day you collapse at the lunch table.
Difference in symptoms in men and women
The first symptoms of heart failure are often difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and nausea. But symptoms can vary from men to women.
It can be a sign of a small blood clot in the heart – and that could have been dealt with quickly. If it is allowed to develop, it can lead to a reduction in the heart’s pumping function. That is far more dangerous.
The different stages of heart failure
Maria Dragsbæk Feldt will be able to see both if heart failure is present and how advanced it is.
“I see how much it affects their daily lives and what they can cope with. Do they get out of breath from running, getting up from the couch, or just from sitting on the couch?” Maria says.
However, it can be difficult to assess the transition between the different stages yourself – so it’s always best to have a doctor or nurse have a look. Fortunately, many heart failure patients live longer, but more end up dying from it.
What you can do
Maria Dragsbæk Feldt has the experience that you can do a lot yourself to prevent heart failure and better live with it if you do get it. Here is Maria Feldt’s advice on how you can help prevent heart failure and live better with the disease.
- Talk to a healthcare professional if you have repeated symptoms of heart failure.
- Exercise regularly
- Eat healthy
- Create a good sleep pattern and environment for your sleep