Nearly half of public wrongly believe heart failure is normal in old age

The survey also uncovered other myths about heart failure.

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Heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently.

Heart failure is a serious condition. However, with the right treatment, the patient can still lead an enjoyable, meaningful, and productive life.

Various studies demonstrated poor public awareness of heart failure as compared to myocardial infarction and stroke.

Considering several activities to improve heart failure awareness in years, scientists in a new study presented new data on the development of heart failure. In a new survey-based study, scientists highlighted low awareness of heart failure among patients and the public.

The survey also uncovered other myths about heart failure: one in five members of the public said patients should avoid exercise, while just over half of patients knew that exercise can be a treatment for their disease. Tips for patients on living with heart failure can be found on the Heart Failure Matters website.

The study is to be presented during Heart Failure 2019 the annual congress of the Heart Failure Association (HFA), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), taking place in Athens, Greece from 25 to 28 May.

In addition, the HFA is intended to launch the Heart Failure Atlas which maps disparities in prevention and treatment across ESC member countries. Congress attendees will get the first look in Athens.