Kismet Rasmusson

I'm a Nurse Practitioners responsible for program development for our Heart Failure/Transplant clinic.

What is Heart Failure?

By Kismet Rasmusson

I thought we would start out with information to help you better understand what it means to have heart failure. Essentially, heart failure is a syndrome that occurs when the heart is either stiff, or weak. When either condition is present, symptoms develop that include fluid retention, shortness of breath, cough, activity intolerance and/or fatigue. Heart failure is diagnosed with imaging tests of the heart.