Thursday, February 18, 2016

Heart Failure Awareness Week continues through February 20

Heart failure is a growing public health concern in the U.S. and worldwide. The incidence of heart failure is on the rise: 5.7 million American men and women are currently living with heart failure. Women with heart failure tend to have more hospital stays and report a poorer quality of life than men.

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 14-20), WomenHeart is educating women about their risk factors for heart failure, a condition in which the heart muscle weakens and gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Damage to the heart from coronary heart disease, heart valve problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity can lead to heart failure. To prevent or minimize heart failure, women can manage their risk factors and live a heart healthy life.

WomenHeart has developed a new series of educational materials to help women address their heart failure risk factors and to assist women with heart failure to manage their condition. Read WomenHeart’s new magazette and brochure on heart failure in women. Watch WomenHeart’s new video. You can also learn more about heart failure in women on WomenHeart’s heart failure web portal.

In May 2016 WomenHeart will be launching a heart failure media campaign and a Virtual Support Network for women heart failure patients and their caregivers. The peer-led heart failure Virtual Support Network will enable women living with heart failure and those who care for them to learn more about this life threatening condition and to receive vital emotional and psychosocial support. Keep checking WomenHeart’s social media channels for updates!

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