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National Heart Failure Awareness Week February 8-14, 2009: Visit www.abouthf.org to Learn More About Heart Failure
Date:2/9/2009

Patients, Families, Caregivers and Individuals at risk are encouraged to learn about Heart Failure-how to prevent it and to successfully manage and live with it during Heart Failure Awareness Week February 8-14, 2009

Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Provides 11 Fact-Filled Education Modules Available at www.abouthf.org

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- National Heart Failure Awareness Week is set for February 8-14. This is a time for physicians and other health providers to remind patients with heart failure, those at risk and family members of patients how to best manage this syndrome, what heart failure means, to re-evaluate life style and consider changes to improve quality of life. Visit www.abouthf.org to learn more about following a low sodium diet, exercise do's and don'ts, managing medications, heart rhythm problems, and other factors commonly associated with heart failure. These modules are written in easy to read and understand language and can be downloaded free of charge.

While not intended to replace regular medical care, these modules can help patients and at risk individuals, family and friends communicate better with their doctor or nurse. For patients diagnosed with the disease and/or caretakers, Module #1, "Taking Control of Your Heart Failure," provides an overview of the causes for heart failure and how to best care for yourself and manage symptoms, such as being diligent with prescribed medication regimens, the importance of a low-sodium diet and living a smoke-free lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and weight management.

Heart failure is very prominent in society as nearly five million Americans live with this condition and as many as 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. While patients are not alone, h
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