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Are women more likely than men to get heart failure?

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Women are slightly less likely than men to get heart failure -- when your heart is too weak to pump enough blood through your body. It can make you feel run down, wheezy, and swollen with fluids. It’s a lifelong condition, but it can be treated and managed with the help of your doctor. As with other types of heart problems, women and men can get heart failure for different reasons, and it can affect them differently.

SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

SOURCES:

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands: “Differences between men and women with heart failure.”

American Heart Association: “Women & Cardiovascular Disease: Statistical Fact Sheet 2015 Update,” “Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics,” “Common Myths About Heart Disease.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Heart Disease: Differences in Men and Women.”

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: “Congestive Heart Failure,” “Heart Failure: Symptoms in Women, Objective 1.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : “Heart Failure: Women Different than Men,” "Reproductive Factors and Incidence of Heart Failure Hospitalization in the Women’s Health Initiative.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors,” “Heart failure.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women,” “Heart failure in women.”

Revista Espanola de Cardiologia (Spain): “Heart Failure: Are Women Different?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Heart Failure in Women.”

European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: “Gender differences in patients with heart failure.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 05, 2017

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