I have cardiac sarcoidosis and as a result, I have heart failure. I really hate that term. There is such a finality to it that it makes it sound as if all hope is lost, there is no coming back.
I really wish that the medical establishment would start using a different term, such as Cardiac Impairment. Doesn’t that sound more like what it is? Heart failure sounds like your heart just stopped. Boom, you’re dead! Cardiac impairment sounds more like your heart is working, but not as well as it should.
A doctor by the name of Richard Lehman wrote an article stating exactly this in 2005, but it seems that nobody took it on, so I am rejuvenating the movement to rename Heart Failure to Cardiac Impairment.
If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, when ever any medical personnel refers to you having heart failure, tell them that you would prefer to have it referred to as cardiac impairment. I did that today at my cardiologist appointment and kept saying it every time he said heart failure. By the end of the appointment he was saying Cardiac Impairment. Enough people do that enough times, it will eventually stick.