Heart Failure: Overview and Risk Factors
Heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump
enough blood and oxygen to the body’s organs. Although it is
primarily a disease of elderly persons, it can develop in anyone
with a history of hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes, among
other disorders, and affects more than 5 million Americans.
Compared with white Americans, African–Americans often experience worse outcomes from heart failure and are at greater risk of death. Other risk factors include:
Heart Failure: Diagnosis and Treatment >>