High Prevalence of Risk Factors Warrant Vigilance
Certain risk factors and combinations of risk factors are known to place people in greater danger for developing heart failure. According to this recent survey, eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults have at least one risk factor for developing heart failure. These include lifestyle habits (72 percent), such as being overweight (44 percent), lack of regular exercise (36 percent), eating a diet high in fat and cholesterol (39 percent), and smoking (17 percent); personal medical conditions (51 percent), such as high blood pressure (28 percent), diabetes (9 percent), or high cholesterol (28 percent); and a family history of certain conditions (61 percent), such as high blood pressure (39 percent) and heart failure (21 percent).
"Knowing the risk factors for heart failure is vital -- if you have one or more risk factors, you need to be particularly vigilant for symptoms," said Sue Koob, MPA, Executive Director of PCNA. "It's equally important to know that if you lead a healthy, active life beginning at a young age, you often can avoid these risk factors and prevent getting heart failure."
Four Ways Every Day to Manage Heart Failure
According to the survey findings, over a quarter of U.S. adults (29 percent) don't know that heart failure can be treated with medications, and one-third (32 percent) don't know that many people with heart failure can lead a normal life. In addition, nearly two in five U.S. adults (38 percent) don't know that eating salty foods can make heart failure worse.
The Fight Against Heart Failure(SM) program is designed to teach
patients about the "Four Ways Every Day" to manage heart failure, including
|SOURCE American Association of Heart Failure Nurses|
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