Heart failure is a serious condition, affecting more than 5.7 million people in the United States. Of this number, there are 300,000 deaths each year. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened or damaged by an underlying condition, like coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or obesity. The weakened heart cannot pump blood to the body effectively. The best treatment for heart failure is to control the underlying factors that increase heart failure risk. This may include medication and lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.
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