Understand Your Risk for Heart Failure

Updated:May 9,2017

1 in 5 will develop heart failure

We are here to support and empower every person to live their longest, healthiest life. For people living with heart failure (HF), the opportunities for wellness have been limited.

However, recent research has brought new hope and effective strategies to light. Even though we know the numbers of people facing heart failure on the rise today, many people living with heart failure find treatment options that can help them continue living a full and meaningful life.

Who Is At Risk?
In some ways we are all at risk, especially as we age. That’s one reason it’s so important to develop heart-healthy habits earlier in life. 

HF By the Numbers

  • Likelihood: Of all adults age 40 and above, 1 in 5 Americans will develop heart failure in their lifetime.
  • Number of People: Today, over six million Americans are living with HF and the number is predicted to rise by 46% percent over the next fifteen years to an estimate of almost eight million Americans by 2030.
  • Risk Factors: Certain conditions like high blood pressure increase the risks for eventual heart failure. It is important to note that one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure. Read more about how causes and conditions and how you can lower your risks.

What Risks Are Increased When a Person Develops HF?
HF is a very costly condition, both in terms of finances and energy for a high quality of life. 

  • Overall National Costs: Today, HF costs Americans about $30 billion dollars each year, and the costs are expected to rise to almost $70 billion by 2030.
  • Hospitalization: About 80% of those costs are due to hospitalization.
  • Quality of Life Costs: In addition to time and money spent for hospital care, heart failure costs can also include lost wages and work time, lost productivity at home, and losses from losing family members too early.

Simply put, managing heart failure is difficult for those who have the diagnosis and for their family members as well. Optimal health gives us the freedom to enjoy our lives to the fullest. Many people with heart failure can lead full, enjoyable lives — managing their condition with the proper care and healthy lifestyle changes.

Explore resources on our website and visit the Support Network to learn more about what you can do to Rise Above HF. 

This content was last reviewed May 2017.


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