Heart Failure Crisis On Our Doorstep… What Needs To Be Done Now

About 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure and unfortunately there is no cure. Worse, according to new data, if you are going to be 60 years of age and older by 2060, there is a good chance of heart failure could affect you.

Increased heart failure in 2060

A new study presented in European Society of Cardiology suggests that by 2060, heart failure in the elderly will triple.

“Heart failure is a common condition worldwide and increases with age,” said lead author Professor Ragnar Danielsen, a cardiologist at the University Hospital Landspitali in Reykjavik, Iceland . “Several disorders can cause heart failure, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. As these are more common with age, the consequence is an increase in the elderly population that may develop heart failure” Danielsen said.

What is heart failure?

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can not pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs in accordance with National Institute heart, Lung and Blood (NIH). For some, the heart can not fill with enough blood. For others, the heart can not pump blood to the body with enough force. Unfortunately, some people have both problems. Either way, it is serious, life-threatening and requires medical treatment.

Frequency of heart failure studied

The National Institute on Aging in the United States and the Heart Association of Iceland began the study in 2002 according to Science Daily . More than 5,000 people randomly selected age were selected to participate, aged between 66 and 98 years old and the average age is 77 years. The study evaluated the prevalence of heart failure in the elderly population and looked at the number of older people who may have heart failure in the future. Fifty-eight percent of the participants were men.

The frequency of heart failure was 3.7 percent in the combined sexes, but was higher in men at 4.8 percent compared with 2.8 percent in women. Heart failure increases with age, from 1.9 percent in the 69 years of age or younger, 6 percent in the 80 years of age and older.

The study concluded that, based on the distribution predicted age and the increase in the number of people aged 70 and over in the coming decades, patients with heart failure have more than doubled in 2040 and nearly tripled by 2060. This means that in the coming decades, most patients with heart failure will be higher, and there will be significant economic and health consequences.

What can you do?

can take steps to prevent heart failure suggests the NIH . And the sooner, the better your chances start to prevent or delay the disease.

  • whole Eat foods that are healthy for the heart
  • Try to maintain a healthy weight
  • Learn to manage stress
  • get physically active
  • Stop smoking

adoption changes healthy lifestyle can also help people who suffer from heart failure live longer and lead a more active life. In fact, even if you are at high risk of heart failure, you can still take steps to reduce your risk.

– Katherine Marko

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