Heart Failure in Women

A person who appears to be a woman grabs their chest. Their hands are red. Only the middle portion of their chest is visible. Created by Marco Verch Professional Photographer, CC BY 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

More than 2.5 million women experience heart failure, which is a leading cause of hospitalization (and death) for women over sixty-five. But what is heart failure? Can it be prevented? How is it treated? In this article, Harvard Health Publishing provides a detailed overview of heart failure in women, addressing causes, types, symptoms, diagnostic testing, prevention, and treatment.

“Today, we know that practicing healthful habits earlier in life can often prevent heart failure. And thanks to improved treatments aimed at preserving heart function, women with heart failure can expect to survive longer than in past generations.”