Heart failure: four warning signs – Europe 1

Heart failure: four warning signs – Europe 1

Yasmina Kattou, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
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September 22, 2022, 11:55 am

Heart failure affects more than a million people in France and causes 70,000 deaths each year. Faced with a pathology that is increasingly developing, the health insurance company is launching a major awareness campaign to teach the French to detect the symptoms of deficiency and avoid serious forms.

This is a pathology that should progress by 25% every four years: heart failure affects 1.5 million French people today. A number that is even underestimated because patients are diagnosed slowly. The disease kills 70,000 people every year. It affects above all people aged 60 and overbut its incidence still increases before the age of 55, as in other European countries, due to lifestyle habits that are harmful to health, such as smoking, physical inactivity or poor diet.

So this pathology is far from trivial, which is why the health insurance company will start a big awareness campaign next week, especially with advertisements and videos broadcast to pharmacists and some doctors.

Shortness of breath, fatigue, weight gain and swelling

If heart failure is taken care of early enough, the worst can be avoided as there are warning signs that should alert us. These are symptoms that may seem trivial, but which a person can experience, for example, several weeks before a heart attack. Stéphanie Schramm is a doctor responsible for chronic diseases at a health insurance company and describes in detail the symptoms and Heart Failure “It’s often confused with signs of aging,” she explains.

To recognize heart failure, you need to pay attention to four different symptoms: “It’s shortness of breath, shortness of breath. It’s trouble sleeping and significant weight gain,” he explains. “And then swelling of the legs, hands, it can be a fatigue unusual.”

If several of these symptoms are experienced, the patient must quickly consult a doctor to start treatment. In addition to medication, lifestyle is just as important, says Stéphanie Schramm: “Physical exercise can be walking, like going shopping. does not stick to a salty diet. Because this is a contributing factor to edema and cardiac dysfunction.” By identifying symptoms and prompt treatment, lifelong consequences can be avoided. Every year in France, 200,000 people are hospitalized for one disease. Heart Failure.

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