are you out of breath? fatigue? Have you gained weight lately? What if you had heart failure? The health insurance company is launching a major information campaign about this chronic disease.
1.5 million French affected
L’Heart Failure is little known. But she is responsible “deterioration of quality of life, hospitalization repeated, death,” warns Zdravotní pojišťovna. The organization is launching a major information campaign about heart failure called: “Heart failure: what if your heart is trying to tell you something?”
Under 60? You are also concerned
It mainly affects heart failure people over 60 years oldand one in 10 people over the age of 70. However, “its impact increases before the age of 55as well as in other European countries, due toharmful lifestyle habits to health,” warns Zdravotní pojišťovna. These harmful habits are smoking, sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced diet.
An explosion of incoming cases
Health authorities expect a explosion of heart failure cases. French sufferers of this chronic disease are currently “underrated because patients take a long time to be diagnosed”. Especially since the Covid pandemic. The health insurance company expects a 25% increase cases every four years.
How do I know it applies to me?
Symptoms of heart failure are:
- Stuffiness unusual,
- rapid weight gain,
- edema feet and ankles,
- fatigue excessive.
If you have more than one of these symptoms, check yours doctor who will refer you to a cardiologist if necessary.