One of the most prevalent diagnoses today, heart failure (HF) has been called a new epidemic that affects nearly 5 million Americans.
Physicians and heart experts from across the Berkshire Health Systems network joined forces to create a task force to find better ways to care for patients with heart failure (HF) and to improve their quality of life. This team of staff from across the continuum has been recognized by the American heart Association for their work.
Heart Failure Facts
Each year 550,000 new cases are diagnosed.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure occurs when the heart becomes weak from disease or structural damage and is unable to fill or pump blood effectively. As the heart weakens, circulation slows and fluid collects in the tissues of the legs and may also back up into the lungs. Common symptoms include severe fatigue, shortness of breath, and leg swelling (edema). Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of heart failure. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, damage to the heart from a heart attack, as well as diabetes, thyroid disease, and kidney disease.
Although there is no cure, the number of people who die from heart failure have steadily declined over the past few decades due to a better understanding of the disorder and advancements in treatment.
Heart Failure Project Goals