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Heart failure -- which means the heart can t pump as well as it should -- is a serious but manageable condition. It s more common than you might guess: an estimated 5.2 million adults in the United States have heart failure, and 550,000 new cases are revealed each year. Most cases stem from heart muscle damage after a heart attack. The information in this report will help you understand heart failure so that you can actively participate in your care. Starting with an in-depth explanation of how the healthy heart works and how these mechanics break down in heart failure, this report describes the different types, causes, and stages of the disease. You ll also learn how to identify and respond to the early warning signs of potentially serious problems. Finally, you ll learn what you can do to maintain the best possible quality of life now and in the future. This report includes a SPECIAL BONUS SECTION: High-tech hearts.
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Gilbert H. Mudge, Jr., M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and director of Brigham Cardiovascular Consultants, Brigham and Women s Hospital.
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