February- Heart Disease & Heart Failure

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recognizes February as American Heart Month to help spread awareness of heart disease and prevention. Every February 3rd, the NHLBI encourages joining them in wearing red to bring greater attention to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the United States, 1 in every 4 deaths is in the result of a heart disease. That’s about 610,000 people who die from the condition each year.”

-Healthline

The Heart Failure Society of American (HFSA) recognizes February 14th-20th as Heart Failure Awareness Week.

“Heart Failure is characterized by the heart’s inability to pump an adequate supply of blood to the body. Without sufficient blood flow, all major body functions are disrupted. Heart failure is a condition or a collection of symptoms that weaken of stiffen your heart. In some people with heart failure, the heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to support other organs in the body. Other people may have a hardening and stiffening of the heart muscle itself, which blocks or reduces blood flow to the heart. Heart failure can affect the right or left side of your heart or both at the same time. It can be either an acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing) condition.”

-Healthline

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