If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Sudden heart failure causes rapid fluid buildup, or congestion, in the lungs and other parts of the body. It occurs when the heart does not pump as much blood as the body needs.
Symptoms develop suddenly and include:
Sudden heart failure is an emergency medical situation and requires immediate care.
Last Revised: April 26, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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