2004-04-15 / Medical

Heart Failure Stats

Heart Failure Stats

Based on data from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, at age 40 the lifetime risk of developing congestive heart failure for both men and women is one in five. Furthermore, 80 percent of men and 70 percent of women under age 65 with congestive heart failure (CHF) will die within eight years.

CHF is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs. The "failing" heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should.

Heart failure also affects the kidneys’ ability to dispose of sodium and water.

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