America’s Silent Epidemic
Heart failure is a condition that affects nearly five million Americans of all ages and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Nearly 900,000 new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed in the next year. Yet many people with heart failure are not aware they have it, because some of the most common symptoms of heart failure, such as feeling tired and short of breath, are often mistaken for normal signs of getting older. Also, people may try to avoid symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as taking the elevator instead of the stairs, sleeping with extra pillows or cutting back on their favorite sports.
Some of the most common questions and answers regarding heart failure are found in this website. Remember, early diagnosis and treatment are very important, so if you think you may be at risk for heart failure, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Based on taking your medical history, examining you, and you having the necessary tests, your doctor can tell if you have heart failure and how it can be managed.