Heart Failure Clinic
Heart failure is a major health problem in the United States, affecting about 5.7 million Americans. About 550,000 new cases of heart failure occur each year. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65.
If you have heart failure, you will enjoy better health and quality of life if you take care of yourself and keep yourself in balance. It is important to learn about heart failure, how to keep in good balance, and when to call the doctor.
Women and heart failure
Heart failure affects about 2.5 million women in the United States. Heart failure in women is often linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, valve disease and diabetes.
The signs and symptoms of heart failure are the same among men and women, but women tend to experience lower exercise ability and shortness of breath than do men. Women also have ankle swelling more frequently. In general, women with heart failure live longer than men with heart failure.
What to look for
With the right care, heart failure will not stop you from doing the things you enjoy. Your prognosis, or outlook for the future, will depend on how well your heart muscle is working, your symptoms and how well you respond to and follow your treatment plan.