How long does it take for a heart attack to lead to heart failure?

Within six years of a heart attack, more than 20 percent of men will develop heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control. During that same period of time, more than 40 percent of women will suffer from heart failure.

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Just because you have a heart attack, that doesn't mean you will get heart failure.  A lot depends on the size and severity of the heart attack.  The heart is a pump.  And a heart attack is dead heart muscle.  So if the heart muscle cannot pump well,  the heart has to compensate and work harder.  At some point, it just cannot keep up and heart failure can happen.  But some people live long lives after a heart attack and never develop heart failure.
Fortunately, heart attacks do not always lead to heart failure. If a heart attack does lead to heart failure, then this signifies a major heart attack and carries a higher mortality.

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