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Heart Failure

Heart failure is the gradual loss of the heart’s ability to pump enough blood to supply the body’s needs. Sometimes this condition is called congestive heart failure, because the body retains fluid—often around the lungs (congestion) or in the legs and feet.




People affected by heart failure world wide1


People are annually hospitalized due to heart failure1

UP TO 20%

of people will develope heart failure2


Heart failure patients suffering from at least 1 comorbidity: More likely to worsen the patients overall health status3

Heart failure (HF) is a major cause of hospitalizations around the world. Approximately 26 million people worldwide live with heart failure.1 In most areas of the world, heart failure is common and increasing.

“1 in 5 of us can expect to develop heart failure in our lifetime”4

Although patients with chronic heart failure have improved outcomes with implementation of evidence-based therapies, ultimately, they still progress to an advanced stage of the disease. Patients with advanced heart failure comprise an estimated 1 % to 10 % of the overall heart failure population.” 5–8

With the complexity and rise in prevalence of heart failure, the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology aims to make the prevention and management of heart failure a global health priority.

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  1. Ambrosy AP, Fonarow GC, Butler J, et al. The global health and economic burden of hospitalizations for heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(12):1123–1133. doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2013.11.053.
  2. Cowie MR, Anker SD, Cleland JGF, et al. Improving care for patients with acute heart failure: before, during and after hospitalization. ESC Heart Fail. 2014;1(2):110–145. doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.12021.
  3. van Deursen VM, Urso R, Laroche C, et al. Co-morbidities in patients with heart failure: an analysis of the European Heart Failure Pilot Survey. Eur J Heart Fail. 2014;16(1):103–111. doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.30.
  4. Medtech Europe. Heart Failure, a social and economic tsunami in Europe. 2016
  5. Crespo-Leiro MG, Metra M, Lund LH, et al. Advanced heart failure: a position statement of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur J Heart Fail. 2018;20(11):1505–1535. doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.1236.
  6. Xanthakis V, Enserro DM, Larson MG, et al. Prevalence, neurohormonal correlates, and prognosis of heart failure stages in the community. JACC Heart Fail. 2016;4(10):808–815. doi.org/10.1016/j.jchf.2016.05.001.
  7. Bjork JB, Alton KK, Georgiopoulou VV, et al. Defining advanced heart failure: a systematic review of criteria used in clinical trials. J Card Fail. 2016;22(7):569–577. doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2016.03.003.
  8.  Fang JC, Ewald GA, Allen LA, et al. Advanced (stage D) heart failure: a statement from the Heart Failure Society of America Guidelines Committee. J Card Fail 2015;21(6):519–534. doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.04.013.

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