When the heart pumps normally but struggles

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Illustration by Scott Leighton

Q. I was recently admitted to the hospital with heart failure and received a heart ultrasound. The test report stated that my heart's pumping ability is normal. I don't understand. Was my diagnosis wrong, or is the test wrong?

A. If you were diagnosed with heart failure in the hospital, I'm presuming that you were admitted with symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and difficulty doing everyday activities. Other common symptoms include swelling in your legs and feet and trouble breathing at night.

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