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Approximately 64 million people worldwide suffer from heart failure.1
This disease is as life-threatening as some of the most common cancers, such as breast cancer, but has nowhere near the awareness and understanding those conditions do.2,30

By sharing this information and your own experiences, you can help us shine a light on heart failure.


Together we can:

 

1

Reduce the number
of new heart
failure cases

2

Reduce the number
of deaths caused by
heart failure

3

Reduce the frequency
of hospitalisation for
people living with
heart failure

4

Improve the lives of
people suffering from
heart failure and the ones
who care for them

1

Reduce the number of new
heart failure cases

2

Reduce the number of deaths
caused by heart failure

3

Reduce the frequency of hospitalisation for people living with heart failure

4

Improve the lives of people
suffering from heart failure and the
ones who care for them

RECOGNISE THE SYMPTOMS


Heart failure can be difficult to recognise because the signs of the disease may be similar to other conditions.3 Some people may experience symptoms without realising that they might signal heart failure. Or they assume the symptoms are just a natural part of getting older.4,5

Common symptoms can include6,7:

Shortness of breath
Coughing
Ankle Swelling
Fatigue and weakness
Difficulty performing everyday activities such as climbing stairs or walking
Problems concentrating or staying alert
Shortness of breath
Ankle swelling
Difficulty performing everyday activities such as climbing stairs or walking
Coughing
Fatigue and weakness
Problems concentrating or staying alert

This is not a complete list of possible symptoms of Heart Failure.

It’s important to speak to your doctor if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms
mentioned above, as they might be an indication of heart failure.8 If you do have heart
failure, early diagnosis and treatment can be essential to your wellbeing.9

WHAT IS HEART FAILURE?


Heart failure is…

a condition that happens when the heart can’t adequately pump blood around the body. 6 Over time the heart can become weaker.6 People with heart failure may have less energy or difficulty doing daily activities.10 Some people may experience these and other symptoms, but don’t realise that they might signal heart failure.3

It can be difficult to understand how the disease works and what treatment options are available.11,12 The unpredictability of symptoms and uncertainty about the future can be distressing.11,13,14

But learning more about heart failure prevention and treatment options can make a difference for people at risk of developing it, as well of those who have been already diagnosed.15

The heart muscle has trouble pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body

Heart failure is a serious condition


Heart failure is not…

a heart attack (though that can be a cause of heart failure).3,6 Nor does it mean your heart has stopped beating.16 And while it’s a serious condition, it doesn’t mean that your life is over.4

More than 64 million people around the world are living with heart failure.1 Yet, much misunderstanding and misinformation about heart failure still exists.4,30

Heart failure cannot be ignored

a condition that happens when the heart can’t adequately pump blood around the body. 6 Over time the heart can become weaker.6 People with heart failure may have less energy or difficulty doing daily activities.10 Some people may experience these and other symptoms, but don’t realise that they might signal heart failure.3

 

It can be difficult to understand how the disease works and what treatment options are available.11,12 The unpredictability of symptoms and uncertainty about the future can be distressing.11,13,14

 

But learning more about heart failure prevention and treatment options can make a difference for people at risk of developing it, as well of those who have been already diagnosed.15

Heart failure is a serious condition

Heart diagram

The heart muscle has trouble pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.9

Heart failure is not…

a heart attack (though that can be a cause of heart failure).3,6 Nor does it mean your heart has stopped beating.16 And while it’s a serious condition, it doesn’t mean that your life is over.4

Heart failure cannot be ignored

More than 64 million people around the world are living with heart failure.1 Yet, much misunderstanding and misinformation about heart failure still exists.4,30

What causes heart failure?


Several conditions can increase the likelihood of developing heart
failure—some of these can be controlled, but others cannot.
Some of the common conditions are17:

Diabetes Diabetes History of heart attack or coronary artery disease History of
heart attack
or coronary
artery disease
High blood pressure High blood
pressure
Being overweight Being
overweight
Heart problems you were born with (congenital heart defects) Heart problems
you were born
with (congenital
heart defects)
   

Patients with Type 2 Diabetes have more than
double the risk of developing heart failure18

What causes heart failure?


Several conditions can increase the likelihood of developing heart failure—some of these can be controlled, but others cannot. Some of the common conditions are17:

Diabetes

Diabetes

History of heart attack or coronary artery disease

History of heart attack or coronary artery disease

High blood pressure

High blood pressure

Being overweight

Being overweight

Heart problems you were born with (congenital heart defects)

Heart problems you were born with (congenital heart defects)

Patients with Type 2 Diabetes have more than double the risk of developing heart failure18

How is heart failure diagnosed?


Doctors typically diagnose heart failure by gathering information and running tests.19

Medical history

Medical history

Physical exam

Physical exam

Chest X-ray

Chest X-ray

Signs and symptons

Signs and symptoms

Blood tests

Blood tests

Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram

Medical history

Medical history



Signs and symptons

Signs and symptons



Physical exam

Physical exam



Blood tests

Blood tests



Chest X-ray

Chest X-ray



Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram

What to expect if you have heart failure

Hearing that you have heart failure can be frightening, and can impact loved ones as well. It can become harder to stay positive. Favourite activities may become hard to do. The loss of independence is discouraging.12 Aside from the emotional struggles, there can be practical stresses as well.20

Caregivers are often the trusted champions of people with heart failure. But they may have to balance their added responsibilities with their own personal lives, figure out the logistics of multiple doctor’s appointments, and handle employment and financial issues that can arise.8
Your doctor will likely begin treating you by recommending changes in your lifestyle habits and prescribing certain medicines, which can help you feel better.6

TAKING CONTROL


Learn how to change your path

Certain lifestyle choices can increase the risk of heart failure.6 However, changing these behaviours can help prevent heart failure from developing and can help decrease the chances of heart failure complications in people who have already been diagnosed.6, 21

Lowering your risk factors can help to prevent heart failure from developing6


Quitting smoking

Quitting
smoking

Eating healthy foods

Eating
healthy foods

Staying physically active

Staying physically active

Maintaining a healthy bodyweight

Maintaining a healthy bodyweight

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, you can improve your symptoms by15:


Performing regular aerobic exercise

Performing regular aerobic exercise

Limiting salt intake

Limiting
salt intake

Eating a nutrient-rich diet

Eating a
nutrient-rich diet22

Limiting fluid intake (up to 2 litres per day)

Managing fluid intake with your doctor

Monitoring weight increase

Monitoring weight increase

Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption

Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption

Lowering your
risk factors can
help to prevent
heart failure from developing6

Quitting smoking


Staying physically active


Eating healthy foods


Maintaining a healthy bodyweight

If you’ve been
diagnosed 

with heart failure, you can improve your symptoms by15:

Performing regular aerobic exercise


Monitoring weight increase


Managing fluid intake with your doctor


Eating a nutrient-rich diet22


Limited salt intake


Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption

It's important to talk to your doctor about any physical changes you notice
and follow his or her medical advice about any other conditions you may have.6

CHANGING THE FUTURE


Let’s challenge heart failure, together

Heart failure continues to be a complicated worldwide problem that deserves urgent attention.23
Despite significant advances in the prevention and treatment of this condition over the past
several decades, many challenges still lie ahead.24

But, we are up to the challenge! And together, we can help change the outlook for millions of people affected by heart failure.

Heart Failure Today


Approximately 64 million people around the world are living with heart failure—and that number is expected to increase as the population ages1

  • Also, an increasing number of people who are diagnosed with heart disease also have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic kidney disease23,25

Heart failure needs to become a global health priority

Believe

Change for Tomorrow


The medical community is committed to improving the diagnosis, care, and long-term results for patients with heart failure23,26


Heart failure can be diagnosed in adults of any age and is the #1 cause of hospitalisation for people over 65 years old27,28

 

It’s time to raise our voices in support of everyone affected by heart failure

Talk

Raising awareness can encourage the development of additional resources to help people fight heart failure4


Despite medical advances, statistics show that heart failure remains as life-threatening as some of the most common types of cancer, such as gastrointestinal and breast cancers2

 

This highlights the urgent need to do more to prevent heart failure and improve the prognosis

Fight

Many patients with heart failure are living longer. Research continues to search for new ways to prevent heart failure and to improve treatment for patients who have already been diagnosed28

  • People at higher risk for heart failure, such as patients with Type 2 Diabetes, can modify their lifestyle to prevent the disease or improve symptoms29

The lack of understanding of heart failure signs and symptoms may prevent people from seeking medical attention promptly4

 

Providing education about what to look for can help patients get diagnosed and treated early, which can help them live longer and enjoy a better quality of life4,9

Share

Make sure everyone you know is aware of this serious and common condition and is committed to providing help and hope to all people who are affected23

Approximately 64 million people around the world are living with heart failure—and that number is expected to increase as the population ages1
  • Also, an increasing number of people who are diagnosed with heart disease also have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic kidney disease23,25
  • Heart failure needs to become a global health priority

    Heart Failure Today


    The medical community is committed to improving the diagnosis, care, and long-term results for patients with heart failure23,26

    Change for Tomorrow

    Heart failure can be diagnosed in adults of any age and is the #1 cause of hospitalisation for people over 65 years old27,28
    It’s time to raise our voices in support of everyone affected by heart failure

    Heart Failure Today


    Raising awareness can encourage the development of additional resources to help people fight heart failure4

    Change for Tomorrow

    Despite medical advances, statistics show that heart failure remains as life-threatening as some of the most common types of cancer, such as gastrointestinal and breast cancers2
    This highlights the urgent need to do more to prevent heart failure and improve the prognosis

    Heart Failure Today


    Many patients with heart failure are living longer. Research continues to search for new ways to prevent heart failure and to improve treatment for patients who have already been diagnosed28
  • People at higher risk for heart failure, such as patients with Type 2 Diabetes, can modify their lifestyle to prevent the disease or improve symptoms29
  • Change for Tomorrow

    The lack of understanding of heart failure signs and symptoms may prevent people from seeking medical attention promptly4
    Providing education about what to look for can help patients get diagnosed and treated early, which can help them live longer and enjoy a better quality of life4,9

    Heart Failure Today


    Make sure everyone you know is aware of this serious and common condition and is committed to providing help and hope to all people who are affected23

    Change for Tomorrow

    If you or someone you love has heart failure, you are not alone. You’re surrounded by a community of other patients, caregivers, physicians, nurses, researchers, and others who are equally committed to changing the future of heart failure.

    Join us as a partner in our cause by raising your voice. Share this site on social media and use the hashtag #SpotlightonHeartFailure when you share your stories of struggle, success, support, and inspiration.

    #SpotlightonHeartFailure

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    Heart failure has been lurking in the shadows for too long. It’s time to shine a light on heart failure. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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