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Activity 2: Herbert's story

Herbert and his wife are self-funded retirees who spend their winter in the north of Australia to escape the cold. On his most recent holiday, Herbert noticed he was much more tired than usual. He seemed to have trouble catching his breath and needed to sleep on extra pillows.

He was diagnosed with systolic heart failure five years ago. His heart failure was initially classified as Class II Heart Failure using the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Classification System. [1] His condition has been well controlled with medication.

Herbert's story

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1. Heart Failure Society of America. (2002). The Stages of Heart Failure – NYHA Classification. Retrieved September 15, 2010, from