Unusual shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, swelling of the feet and ankles, excessive fatigue… these are all symptoms of this disease, which affects at least 1.5 million French people.
Heart failure, which affects at least 1.5 million French people and is still developing, is not well known, according to the health insurance company, which announced on Tuesday 20 September the launch of an awareness campaign about this chronic disease and its warning signs. At the beginning of a “deterioration in quality of life, repeated hospitalizations, death”heart failure is “fraught with consequences”emphasizes the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnam) in a press release.
However, the number of affected persons at present “underestimated because patients are diagnosed slowly”should “25% progress every four years”, he notes. Against the background of increasing life expectancy, heart failure increases with age and affects 10% of seniors aged 70 and over. If this disease mainly affects people over 60 years of age, “its incidence increases before the age of 55, as in other European countries, due to a lifestyle that is harmful to health (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, diet)”also notes Cnam.
Improve knowledge of warning signs
Since the health insurance company considers this pathology to be little known, especially among the elderly, on September 25 it will launch a nationwide awareness campaign under the slogan “Heart Failure: What If Your Heart Was Trying to Tell You Something?”, she says. With World Heart Day coming up on 29 September, this campaign will be launched to the general public in print, radio, television or social media to“to improve knowledge of heart failure, warning signs and encourage early diagnosis by encouraging patients to talk to their doctor”.
“Unusual shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, swelling of the feet and ankles, excessive fatigue”… Separately, these symptoms are not “not disease-specific, but their association or recent occurrence should suggest heart failure”, emphasizes the Health Insurance Company. They should be monitored especially after the age of 60, especially in persons already diagnosed due to the risk“exacerbation of the disease, which can lead to decompensation, even hospitalization”. Health workers (doctors and paramedics) will also be informed by the health insurance company through their specific information channels.
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