ABOUT HEART FAILURE
Over 25 MILLION LIVING WITH HEART FAILURE WORLDWIDE,
SEVERAL MILLION NEW DIAGNOSES EACH YEAR
Heart failure does not mean your heart has stopped working. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. If you or a loved one have heart failure, you are not alone. Over 25 million people worldwide have this condition with several million new diagnoses per year.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR HEART
The heart is a fist-sized organ that acts as a pump to send oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. In a healthy heart, each chamber contracts (squeezes) in a coordinated effort –
the upper chambers (atria) of the heart contract first, then the lower chambers (ventricles) contract. These coordinated
contractions circulate blood between the lungs and heart and to the rest of the body.
THE FAILING HEART
During heart failure, the heart attempts to compensate for lost pumping power, and the heart may change its shape and result in an uncoordinated and inefficient heartbeat.
The walls of the heart become thin, and the chambers become enlarged, making the heart weak and inefficient
EVEN WITH CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TREATMENT
HEART FAILURE CAUSES
Heart failure is typically a progressive condition, meaning it worsens and shortens life expectancy. There is no single cause, and sometimes the cause is unknown. Some of the most common causes of heart failure are:
Coronary artery disease
High blood pressure
Defective heart valves
Heart infection (i.e., virus)
Illicit drug use
HEART FAILURE SYMPTOMS
At first you might not experience any symptoms. However, over time you may experience some, or all, of the following symptoms:
Chronic lack of energy
Interrupted sleep at night due to breathing difficulties
Confusion and/or impaired memory
Increased urination at night
Swelling of feet and legs
Shortness of breath
Abdominal swelling or tenderness with loss of appetite
Cough with saliva/mucus
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