Heart Failure - One of America's Silent Epidemics

02/12/18
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Heart Failure Awareness Week

 

Do Your Part, Know Your Heart: Heart Failure Awareness Week, Feb. 11 – 17

Many Americans can significantly reduce their risk of heart failure if they have the information they need, know the questions to ask their health providers, and receive the support to make heart-smart changes in their lives.

One of America’s Silent Epidemics

The good news is more people are surviving heart attacks. The challenge this creates is the nearly 6.5 million Americans who are living with weakened hearts and experiencing heart failure, the only major cardiovascular disease on the rise, according to the Heart Failure Society of America. Currently there is no known cure for heart failure, however, recent scientific advances in treatment offer patients a more normal life expectancy.

The Advanced Heart Disease Team at University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center are building a biorepository to study unique patient characteristics of this hard-to-treat condition and pursuing clinical research to improve patient care. While a heart transplant may be the “gold standard” for heart failure, few people benefit from this option in large part because the supply of donor organs doesn’t match the need. That’s why the growth of heart failure and transplantation cardiology combined with cardiothoracic surgery has been such a priority at UA Sarver Heart Center.

Visit our Advanced Heart Disease webpage to learn more.

Read Dr. Jennifer Lynn Cook's Healthy Dose blog, "Mechanical Devices as Small as Cell Phones Buy Quality Time for Patients with Advanced Heart Disease."

Read the story of Deborah Martinez, a patient with advanced heart disease who is managing her condition with a small, implanted pressure sensor, "Small, Implantable Device Gives Heart Failure Patient Lifesaving Data."