Heart Failure

I was afraid to exercise. I am so thankful for cardiac rehab!

Kimberly, heart failure patient
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If you have—or think you have—heart failure, it’s normal to feel scared. But you’re not alone. More than 5.7 million Americans have heart failure.

Contrary to how it sounds, heart failure does not mean that your heart has stopped beating. It refers to a number of conditions that can affect the way the heart works and/or its structure. Over time, heart failure makes it harder and harder for the heart to pump enough blood and oxygen to meet your body’s needs. That’s why most people with heart failure get short of breath, especially when they are active. Even climbing the stairs or carrying groceries may leave you winded. Of course, your symptoms will depend on the type of heart failure you have.

Because it’s a lifelong condition, you must take an active role in your care to stay well. The more informed and equipped you are to manage heart failure, the better you may feel. Use this condition center to learn more about heart failure. You can also chat online with other people like you, keep up with the latest research, and get tips to help you feel your best.

Heart Failure News & Events

Pets May Boost Heart Health

May 15, 2013
After a comprehensive review of existing research, experts acknowledge an association between pet ownership and reduced cardiovascular risk.

Understanding the Tobacco Control Act

May 02, 2013

A review of the law that helps protect the public against health problems caused by tobacco use.

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health

Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health

Apr 26, 2013
Increasing minority participation in clinical trials can help ensure effectiveness and safety of drugs and devices for all Americans.

Binge Drinking Harms the Heart

Apr 23, 2013
A study highlights the negative impact that excessive drinking can have on the heart—even in young, healthy individuals.

Save Money with These Prescription Drug Secrets

Apr 16, 2013

Following these tips and shopping around could help you save $100 or more a month depending on the drug.

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Apr 15, 2013

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

CardioSmart News

Digoxin Reduces Hospitalizations in Older Heart Failure Patients

Apr 08, 2013

Medication may not only keep patients healthier but reduce health care costs.

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No Benefit Found From Blood Pressure Drug in Heart Failure Patients

Mar 27, 2013
According to researchers, the blood pressure-lowering drug aliskiren had no positive effect on people with heart failure.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Mar 09, 2013
Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

Feb 21, 2013
According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.

Calcium Supplements May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Men

Feb 19, 2013
While more research is needed, new findings show how calcium supplements could affect heart health in men.

CardioSmart Partners with Hospitals for National Heart Health Screening Day

Feb 14, 2013
CardioSmart is collaborating with hospitals nationwide to offer free heart health screenings to local residents.

American College of Cardiology Spotlights Heart Health Through Fashion

Feb 05, 2013
Live stream the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show and participate in other events for this national heart health awareness movement.
Spirit of the Heart

Spirit of the Heart—Helping Improve Your Community's Heart Health

Jan 29, 2013

Spirit of the Heart events offer heart disease screening and events in underserved communities.

Resources to Help You Compare Treatment Options

Nov 07, 2012
Guidance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in making health decisions
Exercise Could Treat Depression in Heart Patients

Exercise Could Treat Depression in Heart Patients

Aug 01, 2012
Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. This study shows exercise is also highly effective in helping you fight depression.
Tips for Making Decisions About Heart Failure Treatment

Tips for Making Decisions About Heart Failure Treatment

Apr 18, 2012
The key to optimal heart failure treatment is shared decision making between patient and health care provider.
Could Chocolate Improve Cardiac Function in Heart Failure Patients?

Could Chocolate Improve Cardiac Function in Heart Failure Patients?

Feb 14, 2012
Flavanols in chocolate promote heart health.
Inflammation and Heart Failure Risk

Inflammation and Heart Failure Risk

Jan 10, 2012
Study shows inflammation may increase risk for heart failure in men.

Leptin May Link Obesity and Heart Failure Risk

Oct 27, 2011

Hormones may help explain why obesity increases heart failure risk.

Less Salt Intake Means Healthier Sleep for Heart Failure Patients

Oct 26, 2011

Increased sodium intake increases risk for sleep apnea in heart failure patients.

How Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone Levels Affect Cardiovascular Risk

How Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone Levels Affect Cardiovascular Risk

Sep 20, 2011

These health markers could increase risk for heart disease.

Better Self-Care Reduces Stress in Heart Failure Patients

Aug 18, 2011

Why heart failure patients should adhere to treatment plans.

Exercise Benefits for Heart Failure Patients

Aug 09, 2011

Overall, exercise is safe and improves quality of life for heart failure patients.

New Information Regarding Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Jul 12, 2011

Study identifies new possible causes of heart failure.

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