February is American Heart Month
Experts discuss heart failure symptoms, ways of managing the condition and tips for staying out of the hospital
By The LifeMinute Team
February 1, 2018
There are 6.5 million people living with heart failure in the US today, with about half suffering from a certain type of long-lasting heart failure where the heart is unable to circulate blood efficiently. Annually, more than 1 million hospitalizations have a primary diagnosis of heart failure - that's nearly 2 hospitalizations every minute. Because heart failure symptoms are often mild and progress slowly, they can be under-recognized and attributed to just getting older.
The good news is people can take steps to better manage their condition and reduce the risks of heart failure, hospitalization and cardiovascular death. Cardiologist Dr. Alan Gass and Good Housekeeping Deputy Editor, Laurie Jennings show us treatment options and tips for managing the condition in daily life.