Acute or chronic failure can begin on either the left or right side of your heart or both sides may fail at the same time the chambers where your blood is pumped out of the heart are called . Causes of acute heart failure include viruses that attack the heart muscle severe infections allergic reactions blood clots in the lungs the use of certain medications or any illness that affects the whole body. Acute decompensated heart failure adhf is a sudden worsening of the signs and symptoms of heart failure which typically includes difficulty breathing leg or feet swelling and fatigue adhf is a common and potentially serious cause of acute respiratory distress . Acute heart failure ahf also known as acute decompensated heart failure or cardiac failure is not a single disease entity but rather a syndrome of the worsening of signs and symptoms reflecting an inability of the heart to pump blood at a rate commensurate to the needs of the body at normal filling pressure. Acute heart failure ahf is a relevant public health problem causing the majority of unplanned hospital admissions in patients aged of 65 years or more
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