Only you can take the first step to protect your heart health. Give yourself the attention you deserve, starting with learning the basics about heart failure.
Who’s at Risk?
Despite as being considered a lower risk group, Hispanics hospitalized for heart failure are younger than Caucasians, have a higher rate of risk factors and higher rate of death. And although fewer people are getting heart failure in the United States, the rate of decline is much lower in the Black community than in other racial/ethnic groups.
About Heart Failure
Heart failure is a common, yet serious condition. Despite its name, heart failure doesn’t mean that your heart will suddenly stop working. Instead, heart failure develops slowly as the heart muscle gradually weakens.
How to Get Diagnosed
Check your risk. Early diagnosis is critical to early treatment, which can delay some symptoms. So, it’s important to get checked out right away. Take a quick risk assessment to find out if you’re at risk for heart failure, and what you can do about it.
Manage Your Risk Factors
You may be at an increased risk for certain disease states due to your race, ethnicity and gender – but these factors shouldn’t stand in the way to receiving appropriate care. You can protect your health, starting with learning the lifestyle changes that lowers risks the most.
Resources & Support
Boston Scientific talked to patients around the country to find out what resources would be most helpful and designed this resource page with your needs in mind.
- Learn about health conditions and treatments
- Find a doctor near you
- Review questions to ask your doctor
- Get reliable rides to your appointment
- Understand common medical terms