How many people have heart failure?

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Over the last 50 years deaths from heart disease have fallen. But a much greater number of people are living with the consequences: heart failure.

Heart failure: The terrifying facts

  • Heart failure now affects three quarters of a million people in the UK and the problem is growing.
  • Heart failure can be disabling, progressive and, ultimately, terminal.
  • Patients with heart failure can face a long and difficult fight for life.
  • For patients diagnosed with severe heart failure the chances of surviving for more than five years are worse than most forms of cancer.
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What is heart failure?

For many people surviving a heart attack is just the beginning of a fight that will last the rest of their life.

When you have a heart attack, your heart will suffer damage that can never be repaired. This can lead to heart failure.

When you have heart failure, your heart cannot pump blood around your body as well as it used to which means the oxygen in your blood cannot reach the parts of your body where it's needed. In severe cases this can leave you disabled and gasping for breath.

Every year, thousands more families have to watch the people they love struggle with these distressing symptoms.

But we're fighting back against heart failure.

Through our groundbreaking research, we intend to end this suffering, forever.

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Support our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and help our scientists end the suffering caused by heart failure.

Every pound donated offers people affected by heart failure new hope that a cure will be found.

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