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Heart Failure Facts & Information

Many people with heart failure lead normal, active lives. They do so because they have learned to take good care of themselves by better understanding heart failure.

What is heart failure?
How common is heart failure?
What are the risk factors for heart failure?
What are the common symptoms of heart failure
How is heart failure diagnosed?
What is the prognosis for a patient with heart failure?
How is heart failure treated?
How can I live with heart failure?
What are the stages of heart failure?
What is the future for heart failure?
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