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Heart Failure

NR_echo1Heart Failure is common and increases with age. Approximately 1% of people at 60 years and 10% of people at 80 years have heart failure. Causes of heart failure include past heart attacks, hypertension, heart valve disease, inherited cardiac abnormalities and excess alcohol. Heart failure may cause breathlessness, tiredness, weight gain or ankle swelling. Heart failure may be diagnosed with clinical examination, specialised blood tests (BNP) and investigations such as chest X-Ray, echocardiograms and CT scans. Treatment may involve lifestyle measures, medication or pacemakers which help coordinate the contraction of the heart (CRT or biventricular pacemakers).

For more information visit the British Heart Foundation

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