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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

What Is Chronic Heart Failure? 3 To understand what chronic heart failure is, it may help to understand what it’s not: Chronic heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped working. Rather, it refers to a condition in which your heart isn’t pumping all the blood your body needs. PLAY VIDEO Heart Failure There are two types of heart failure: chronic and acute. Chronic heart failure refers to a long-term condition that typically arises gradually. This is the most common type. But it can come on suddenly in some cases. This is referred to as acute heart failure. A major health issue among Americans, chronic heart failure touches many lives. The National Institutes of Health reports that 5.7 million Americans have heart failure. Heart failure was a contributing cause in one of nine deaths in 2009. Nearly 1 million Americans are hospitalized each year with chronic heart failure. Chronic heart failure is a serious health condition that requires medical treatment and lifestyle management so that it doesn’t lead to life-threatening conditions. There are two main types of heart failure: • When your heart muscle can’t pump blood out of the heart as well as it should, it’s sometimes called systolic heart failure. • When your heart muscles become stiff and do not easily fill up with blood, it’s sometimes called diastolic heart failure. Heart Failure video


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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