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South Denver Cardiology Celebrates Heart Failure Awareness Week

Heart Failure Awareness Week

February 12-18 is Heart Failure Awareness Week. This occasion is sponsored by the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) to promote heart awareness, patient education and heart failure prevention practices. The organization has created a variety of activities to be held all week in order to disseminate information and raise support for this important cause.

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we’re proud to support the HFSA and participate in Heart Failure Awareness Week. To educate our community on the risk factors for heart failure and what you can do to prevent this dangerous condition, we’re providing the following informational blog post.

What Is Heart Failure?

The term “heart failure” is actually a bit of a misnomer. While the word “failure” may lead some to believe the heart can no longer work at all, this is not the case. Heart failure refers to a condition where the heart isn’t able to pump well enough to keep up with its workload and as a result, your body may not be able to receive sufficient levels of oxygen.

When your heart’s pumping action isn’t able to deliver enough oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the rest of your cells and organs, these areas of your body won’t be properly nourished, and they may struggle to function normally. This often results in symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue. In addition, everyday activities such as walking, carrying bags of groceries or climbing stairs may be challenging.

Currently, there’s no cure for heart failure. While it’s a serious condition, you can still lead a normal life when the condition is managed properly.

Risk Factors of Heart Failure

heart failure risk factorsAge is perhaps the greatest risk factor of heart failure. Everyone’s blood pumping ability diminishes somewhat as we get older, but age alone isn’t enough to cause heart failure. The condition occurs as a result of health issues that either damage the heart or force it to work too hard.

For this reason, common lifestyle factors that increase your risk of other heart-related conditions such as heart attack and stroke may also increase your risk of heart failure. These include obesity, smoking, eating a diet high in cholesterol and fat, and lack of physical activity.

However, heart failure is more likely to occur after developing a medical condition placing excess wear and tear on the heart than from the lifestyle factors mentioned above. Some of the health issues which may significantly increase your risk of heart failure include:

Preventing Heart Failure

The best way to prevent heart failure is to make heart healthy lifestyle adjustments that will minimize your risk of the conditions which may damage your heart. These include:

South Denver Cardiology Can Help You Maintain Proper Heart Health

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we offer a wide range of services to help you maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. These include:

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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