In order to determine the best treatments for heart patients, doctors often assess the stage of a patient’s heart failure using the New York Heart Association’s four stages. These stages are simple and relate to everyday activities and your quality of life:
Class I (Mild): No symptoms and no limitations on activity.
Class II (Minimal): Mild symptoms with strenuous exercise.
Class III (Moderate): Marked symptoms prevent some activities.
Class IV (Severe): Noticeable symptoms, even at rest, and can be debilitating.See more at the American Heart Association’s Web site.
Your doctor won’t know your life expectancy with certainty, but most people ask about it anyway.
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