Heart failure is a serious, emergency condition, generally caused by hypertension, heart attack, and coronary heart disease. Heart failure may begin suddenly (acute heart failure) or it may come on gradually (chronic heart failure).
In acute heart failure there may be shortness of breath, severe weakness, the need to sit up to breathe, pain in the chest, chest congestion with much bubbly sputum or coughing. This can happen in a person who was previously well or in someone with diagnosed heart disease.
It’s important to treat acute heart failure seriously. Call for medical help or see your doctor immediately for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. There are medications to treat acute heart failure.