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What things raise your chances of getting heart failure?

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Some things that raise your chances of heart failure are out of your control, including:

  • Race (African-Americans are more likely to have heart failure)
  • Heart defects you're born with
  • Age (your odds go up if you're 65 or older)

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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