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From Awareness to Action

According to a 2019 poll, two in five people in the U.S. are either affected by heart failure or know someone who is.1

Heart failure is a serious issue for everyone, but some people are at greater risk. African-Americans and Hispanics make up smaller percentages of the U.S. population, but have heart failure at higher rates.2

 

Learn About Heart Failure Myths
African-Americans are 2x more likely to be affected by heart failure than other ethnicities, while Hispanics are 1x more likely to be affected
Graph showing difference between rates of heart failure among ethnicities

But, not everyone can accurately identify symptoms or would know what to do if they were experiencing heart failure:

Graph showing that less than half of people polled across ethnicities would know what to do if they were experiencing heart failure

View survey methodology and key findings here.

 

NOW’S THE TIME TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

People who are pregnant or have cancer are also at higher risk for heart failure than the general population.

 

MARTHA'S STORY
WATCH MARTHA’S HEART FAILURE STORY

Martha remembers feeling something wasn’t right before she talked to her doctor. Today, she calls herself a heart failure survivor.

MORE INFORMATION

The Myths and Realities of Heart Failure

A 2019 poll suggests many Americans don’t know much about heart failure. Abbott wants to change that.

 

Don’t Miss a Beat

Two in five people in the U.S. are either affected by heart failure or know someone who is. Separate myth from reality and talk to your doctor about your risk level.

 

 

Understand How Heart Failure Affects Different Communities

   

Heart failure is another term for heart attack

MYTH: “HEART FAILURE IS ANOTHER TERM FOR HEART ATTACK.”

REALITY
65% OF PEOPLE WISH THEY KNEW MORE ABOUT HEART FAILURE.

Heart failure does not mean your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way it should.

   

I would know if I had heart failure.

MYTH: “I WOULD KNOW IF I HAD HEART FAILURE.”

REALITY
ONLY 1 IN 5 PEOPLE SAY THEY WOULD RECOGNIZE IF THEY WERE EXPERIENCING HEART FAILURE.

   

My doctor can’t diagnose heart failure. I have to see a cardiologist for that

MYTH: “MY DOCTOR CAN’T DIAGNOSE HEART FAILURE. I HAVE TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST FOR THAT.”

REALITY
NEARLY HALF – 45% – OF PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK ONLY A CARDIOLOGIST CAN IDENTIFY HEART FAILURE.

And only 1 in 5 people are likely to start a conversation about heart failure with their primary doctor.

BOUBA’S STORY
WATCH BOUBA’S HEART FAILURE STORY

See how one heart failure ambassador regained control of his life by managing the symptoms of his heart failure.

REFERENCES

1. Full survey data on file at Abbott.

2. U.S. population, 2018. Reference data on file at Abbott.

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