Heart failure

Heart failure occurs if the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, usually because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly. Common causes are hypertension (high blood pressure) and coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy and heart valve disease. An estimated 900,000 people in the UK have heart failure; mild cases may have no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, it can cause breathlessness, fatigue and swollen ankles.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of heart failure, please download this factsheet.