Know the Symptoms of Heart Failure and When It's Time to Call for Help

Get to know the signs of heart failure that might mean you need urgent medical help.

Knowing how to manage your heart failure is really important. But it’s also vital to know the warning signs that might mean you need urgent medical help.

When to see your doctor

If you experience any of the below symptoms, you need to see your doctor right away: 
  • your weight has changed (increased or decreased) by more than 2kg over 2 consecutive days 
  • you become more short of breath when you do your normal activities 
  • you have trouble sleeping because of breathlessness when lying in bed 
  • your heart is beating very rapidly 
  • you feel dizzy or pass out 
  • you have chest pain (doing activity or at rest) that is getting worse 
  • you have swelling in your ankles, legs or around your waist area 
  • you have a fever 
  • you are shivering or confused 
  • you have coughing fits, especially at night 
  • you’re more tired than usual 
  • you need to use more of your asthma medication than usual.

Your heart is beating very rapidly.

Man sitting on edge of bed

When to call an ambulance

Call an ambulance immediately by dialling triple zero (000) if: 
  • you experience chest pain, tightness or discomfort that lasts for 10 minutes, which doesn’t get better even after taking any angina medication (e.g. glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets or spray under the tongue)
  • you are very short of breath/have difficulty breathing.
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