WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEART FAILURE...
AMERICA'S SILENT EPIDEMIC
Heart failure is a condition that affects nearly five million Americans of all ages and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Over 400,000 new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed in the next year.
Yet many people with heart failure are not aware they have it, because some of the most common symptoms of heart failure, such as feeling tired and short of breath, are often mistaken for normal signs of getting older. Also, people may try to avoid symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as taking the elevator instead of the stairs, sleeping with extra pillows or cutting back on their favorite sports.