Heart failure means that the heart’s ability to squeeze is weaker than normal. As a result, the heart works less efficiently and can not pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s needs.
Reasons for heart failure may include:
Complex congenital heart disease with no option of surgical repair
Complex congenital heart disease where surgical repair has failed
Cardiomyopathy or weakness of the heart muscle
Before heart transplant is considered, children and adults with heart failure may be managed with many medications. These medications work together to optimize heart function. It is important to take these medications as ordered and to watch for signs and symptoms of heart failure. Please notify your doctor or nurse with any signs of heart failure.
Signs of heart failure include:
Sweating with bottle feedings
Decreased appetite and/or bottle feedings
Poor weight gain
Swelling of lower legs and/or abdomen
Inability to sleep laying flat