Patients with Stage A or Stage B heart failure experience no symptoms; some common symptoms for Stage C heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath, especially during physical exertion
- Persistent cough or wheezing, especially if it produces white or pink mucus
- Swelling in the feet, ankles or legs (edema)
- Swelling in the abdomen (ascites)
- Fatigue or weakness
- Lack of appetite
- Confusion, disorientation or memory loss
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
If you experience more than one of these symptoms, even if you have not been diagnosed with any heart problems, contact your doctor as soon as possible and ask for an evaluation of your heart.
Learn more about heart failure:
- What Is Heart Failure?
- Causes of Heart Failure
- How Heart Failure Is Diagnosed
- Treatment for Heart Failure
For more information about heart failure treatment at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center or to make an appointment, please call us at 713-DEBAKEY (713-332-2539) or complete our online contact us form.