About Heart Failure
You can help prevent cardiovascular disease by eating a healthy diet, exercising three to five times a week, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking.
Incidence of Heart Failure
If you are suffering from heart failure, you are not alone. Approximately 14 million people in Europe currently suffer from heart failure with more than 3.6 million new cases of heart failure reported each year.
It is important to understand how a sick heart sickens the whole body. Heart failure starves the vital organs of the blood and oxygen needed to function properly. The symptoms of heart failure can often be mistaken for other ailments.
Stages of Heart Failure
Heart failure is chronic and progressive. Based on your symptoms and quality of life, the progression of heart failure is divided into four classes by the New York Heart Association.
Advanced Heart Failure
For patients who progress to advanced heart failure, medications and surgery may no longer be adequate. These patients may benefit from a mechanical circulatory support device, such as a ventricular assist device (VAD).
New York Heart Association (NYHA) Classification of
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