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THE MYTHS AND REALITIES OF HEART FAILURE

According to a new survey, the average person is just four degrees of separation from heart failure.1 Download our infographic to discover other truths about heart failure.

DON’T MISS A BEAT

Heart failure personally affects 1 in 10 people, but many people don’t know much about it. Separate myth from reality and talk to your doctor about your risk level.

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.


View survey methodology and key findings here.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT HEART FAILURE

If you’re concerned about heart failure, it’s time to talk with your doctor. Early diagnosis and proper management is the best way to help people with heart failure continue to live full and enjoyable lives.

To help you get the conversation started, we’ve prepared a list of questions you can bring with you.

 

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.

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