Heart Failure

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Heart failure is a serious, lifelong condition that requires careful management.
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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 6 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

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Sep 17, 2019

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Sep 13, 2019
Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 
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Learning to Live With Heart Failure

Sep 10, 2019

If you just found out you have heart failure, you may feel scared or overwhelmed. And that's OK.

Heart Failure in Young Adults

Aug 16, 2019

Study finds that young patients with heart failure face lower risk of death but poorer quality of life than the elderly.

Being Overweight and Obese Damages Heart Muscle

Jun 21, 2019

Swedish study links carrying excess weight to a weaker heart and heart failure later in life.

Experts Provide Guidance on Managing Diabetes and Heart Failure

Jun 20, 2019

Treating diabetes and heart failure together should be handled differently than managing each condition alone.

Coordinating Care for Patients with Heart Failure and Diabetes

Feb 07, 2019
Diabetes worsens outcomes for people with diastolic heart failure, highlighting the need for coordinated care. 

Flu Vaccination Boosts Survival for Patients with Heart Failure

Jan 10, 2019
The flu shot reduced risk of death by 18% in patients with heart failure, Danish study finds.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

Dec 13, 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Exercise is Recommended for Prevention and Management of Heart Failure

Dec 12, 2018
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps protect against heart failure and improve outcomes, explain experts.

Racial Health Disparities Persist at Hospitals Across the Country

Sep 20, 2018

Analysis of U.S. hospital data shows that systemic issues may be to blame for health care disparities.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Aug 15, 2018

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

Jun 29, 2018
An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

Jun 29, 2018
A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Protein-Rich Diet is Not Ideal for Heart Failure Prevention

Jun 05, 2018

Some animal-based proteins are linked with a higher likelihood of heart failure, suggests study of Finnish men.

Living Near Fast Food is Associated with Greater Risk for Heart Disease

May 15, 2018

Dutch study links easy access to fast food and increased risk for heart disease.

Cigarette Smoking Increases Heart Failure Risk in African-Americans

May 10, 2018
Mississippi study links cigarette smoking to poorer heart function.

California Wildfires Tied to Uptick in Heart Events

May 09, 2018
Statewide study shows increased heart-related hospital visits during the 2015 wildfire season.

Walking Helps Prevent Heart Failure in Older Women

Apr 24, 2018
Study links brisk walking for 40 minutes several times a week to reduced risk of heart failure.
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People with Heart Failure Can Benefit Greatly from the Flu Vaccine

Apr 23, 2018
The flu shot cuts mortality risk in half among patients with heart failure.
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Matters of the Heart: Managing Heart Failure

Apr 09, 2018
If you have heart failure, watch this video for tips about how to manage your condition.
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Beta-Blockers May Prevent Heart Damage from Chemotherapy

Apr 04, 2018

Taking heart medication during chemotherapy can help minimize heart damage in breast cancer patients.

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Hospital Performance Closely Linked to Heart Failure Survival

Mar 26, 2018

Where you’re treated for heart failure matters, based on analysis of survival rates across hundreds of U.S. hospitals.

Breast Cancer Therapies Increase Heart Risks, Experts Warn

Feb 23, 2018

A statement from the American Heart Association highlights a close link between breast cancer and heart disease.

Study Explores Key Factors that Affect Heart Failure Risk

Feb 20, 2018

Study shows that sex, race and history of heart attack have an impact on heart failure risk.

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