What is heart failure?

Heart failure is considered by international experts as an authentic cardiovascular epidemic of our century. 10% of the population older than 70 years suffering from heart failure, both in Spain and in the rest of the developed countries. The progressive aging of the population, the greater survival of patients after myocardial infarction and the better control of the factors of cardiovascular risk (high blood pressure, diabetes), have produced a progressive increase in the number of people who have heart failure.

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However, as well as myocardial infarction form already part of the "popular culture", heart failure remains still a great unknown to the general population and health authorities. Not been performed so far sufficient effort in the reporting at the level of society of what are fundamental characteristics of the disease, and the great impact that patients suffer from it.

In Spain the heart failure is not adequately known. A study of nearly 8,000 people i…