AHF is extremely dangerous: the heart is able to supply enough blood body. every movement of those affected is impossible and they feel drown inside. People with a known sequence is an urgent need in the emergency room because his heart as well as the institutions need immediate help. About 45,000 people die each year with this diagnosis. However, many German are the consequences of AHF know: 88 percent do not know that about a third of patients with acute heart failure in a year after suffering an episode, they die. The result of a representative survey of Novartis conducted among 1,000 people aged 50 and over “heart failure (HF) one of the great underrated common diseases is that other organs are affected, with a mortality rate high and points to related, “says Prof. Dr. Georg Ertl …” once more importantly, prevention! Protect your heart to each their own. ”
Most have heart failure symptoms for aging
About 75 percent of people with heart failure suffer from severe chronic heart failure earlier. Between two and three million people in Germany are affected – and one in ten Germans over 70 years. Cause of the disease is to improve the progressive weakening or the heart muscle, which is responsible for the pumping power. 95 percent of Germans, typical signs of heart failure – not one – shortness of breath, a power failure or swelling of the legs with ankle edema (water retention).Instead, many symptoms incorrectly show that the old form. 86 percent of respondents believe that shortness of breath, sudden weight gain or inability to climb stairs, are normal signs of aging. This is confirmed by Prof. Dr. Georg Ertl, German Centre spokesman heart failure and competition network of heart failure in the hospital of the University of Würzburg: “Many individuals do are unaware of their disease, do not go to the doctor and thus get an accurate diagnosis very late and appropriate treatment, “said Professor Dr. Georg Ertl. patients should be taught the typical symptoms, such as loss power, edema, anorexia, weight loss, lack of concentration, depression, feeling, cold warm skin. in addition, people suffering from obesity, diabetes or hypertension should be aware they have a higher risk of contracting HIV.
AHF kills more people in Germany than breast or colon cancer
In the case of acute heart failure symptoms worsen: In a few hours, or even days, this can have a dramatic increase is the consequence that hospitalization is necessary, even in an emergency, there. So about 400,000 hospitalizations each year are caused by acute heart failure. Thus, acute heart failure is the most frequent cause of hospitalization in people over 65 years .
An acute episode is also dangerous to life: Three to four percent of patients survive not . Ten percent die within one month . 20 and 30 percent year succumb damage that causes the disease . In acute heart failure in the order in Germany more people than breast cancer or colon cancer , to die. However, AHF is often underestimated. Despite the results of the survey revealed that 39 percent of respondents are afraid of cancer. However, only two percent view acute heart failure as a disease to more fear.
Urgent need for new treatment options
People who have been hospitalized for AHF, often come with the same diagnosis may reinstate the hospital. The main reason is the disease itself. As various organs are not supplied in time with enough oxygen-rich blood to damage. In addition, no therapeutic options, the risk that the patient can reduce the treatment of symptoms on. Especially with drainage and vasodilators attempt to relieve the heart in an acute episode. The institutions do not feature improves the purity, to combat the symptoms. The high mortality rate remains constant accordingly. Therefore, an urgent need for new treatment options.
At the same time, more people need to know about the communication of the disease, can seek medical help as soon as possible. Therefore, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has launched the European Day of heart failure in life. From 9 to 11 May 2014, people are informed about the disease and its consequences in various events and actions. Novartis may also assist in the investigation. strong immunocompromised patients with diseases for little or no appropriate treatment options as in acute heart failure. In addition, Novartis cardiac medicine research looms large.
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