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Heart failure affects nearly 6 million Americans, and roughly 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure annually. It usually occurs in people older than the age of 65, are women, and are of African American decent. Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working. It means that the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, leading to the heart not pumping enough blood to sustain itself.
Heart failure is caused by many conditions that damage the heart muscle, such conditions include coronary artery disease, heart attacks, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, valve diseases, and many other conditions which overwork the heart.
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Risk factors for heart include high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and diabetes. Tobacco and alcohol use can be a risk factor as well, since they both weaken the heart, raising the risk of heart failure. People who are obese are also at risk of developing heart failure.
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