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Even if you are treating your
heart failure successfully, you may develop a
complication that can be serious and life-threatening. It is important to
identify complications of heart failure as soon as possible, because some can be
extremely serious conditions. You can discuss your complications with your
doctor and learn to take the proper steps to prevent them. The table
below outlines the complications of heart failure.
What is it?
What problems does it cause?
Decreased oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in red blood cells
Heart valve condition
A leaky or tight valve reduces the efficiency of the heart's
Venous stasis: Your skin thickens and looks
shiny or scaly, your hair might also fall out, your skin may also turn brown or
Ulcers: Injuries to your swollen legs cause fluid to
constantly ooze out of cuts in your skin.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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