How common is HF?



Just how big of a problem is heart failure?

Heart failure (HF) affects approximately 64 million people worldwide2. While it is more common to see HF in people over the age of 60, it can affect people of any age and background3. Today, HF remains as deadly as some of the most common types of cancer in both men (prostate and bladder cancer) and women (breast cancer)4.

HF is the leading cause of hospitalisations in people over the age of 655, so awareness could make a big difference in reducing hospital admissions for people living with HF. Since there is no cure for HF, as people age their symptoms may grow worse and require more medical attention, so a proactive management plan in partnership with your doctor is important.



HF affects 64 million people worldwide2




Of all adults aged 40 and older, one in five will develop heart failure in their lifetime1




It is the leading cause of hospitalisations in people over the age of 655




HF is as deadly as some of the most common types of cancer in both men (prostate and bladder cancer) and women (breast cancer)4

What’s the outlook for people with HF?

The outlook for people living with HF can vary from case to case, which is why proactive management of the condition may be important. Other health conditions may also be an important factor, contributing to the hospitalisations that many people with HF experience6.

Although most people with HF will experience some impairments to their lives because of the condition, awareness, meaningful discussion with your doctor and a proactive management plan can all help lessen the severity.

And many people with heart failure are living longer. Research continues to search for new ways to prevent heart failure, reduce hospital admissions7 and to improve outcomes for those who have already been diagnosed


Help us in our goal to increase global awareness of heart failure, and join the movement for change today.



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