The Shocking Truths Behind Heart Failure: Don't Fall for These Misconceptions!

Heart failure (HF) is a condition where the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood.


Coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attacks are major causes of reduced heart function leading to HF.


Other factors such as faulty heart valves, chronic blood pressure, or genetic disease can also contribute to HF.


HF results in symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, excessive coughing, ankle swelling, and abdominal bloating.


HF can make everyday activities like walking or climbing stairs difficult.


In India, 50 percent of heart failure cases in men occur before the age of 50, and women have higher mortality rates from cardiac disease.


HF does not mean the heart has stopped working; it is characterized by specific signs and symptoms.


Medicines and devices are available to manage HF and improve outcomes.


HF is distinct from a heart attack; it is the heart's inability to efficiently pump blood, while a heart attack is caused by a blockage in the blood supply to the heart.


HF can be managed with the right treatment, regular consultations with a cardiologist, like implantable defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), heart transplants, or ventricular assist devices (VADs).


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