Week of the heart

The week of 21 - 25 September 2020 will be fully centered around heart failure. When the heart cannot pump enough blood to allow the body to function normally, we speak of heart failure. It is estimated that 2% of the Belgian population suffers from it, which is more than 220,000 Belgians.

What are the symptoms or signs to recognise it?

  • shortness of breath and breathing problems
  • being unable to lie flat in bed
  • swelling of certain parts of the body: feet, legs, swollen abdomen
  • sudden considerable weight gain
  • fatigue

How is the diagnosis made?

The diagnosis of heart failure can be made by a physician based on a consultation in which the person's medical, family and lifestyle history is examined. During a consultation, the heart, lungs, abdomen and legs are also examined and studied.

Early diagnosis is important to properly manage heart failure. The earlier the heart failure is diagnosed, the better its cause can be treated.

What does a treatment consist of?

The physician and his or her team determine the right treatment for each patient, depending on the disease in question and its stage. One thing is certain for all patients: it is important to eat healthy (especially eating less salt) and to exercise regularly (moderate or intensive, depending on the individual).

Listen to your heart and take care of yourself.

Please note the following tips:

  • take your medications as prescribed by your physician
  • keep an eye on your weight
  • adjust your diet and reduce your salt intake
  • limit alcohol
  • quit smoking
  • exercise regularly
  • reduce your stress levels

Do you have any questions?

Please contact the secretariat of the Heart Centre: +32 9 246 86 00.