Heart Failure = # 1 Cause of Hospitalization in Women Over 65 & Lifestyle Change = Lower Risk

December 17, 2014

The healthier your lifestyle, the less your risk of heart failure (HF), the leading cause of hospitalization in women over the age of 65. That’s the conclusion of an analysis of data from more than 80,000 post-menopausal women who provided information to researchers on their lifestyle and subsequent health over an 11-year period. The report was published in a 2014 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 

HF is a serious, chronic condition in which the heart loses its normal ability to pump blood. About 2.5 million American women are affected, approximately the same incidence as men. Nearly 32,000 die each year, representing 62.6 percent of all HF deaths, according to the Women’s Heart Foundation.

 

The researchers found that an increasingly healthy lifestyle was strongly associated with a reduced risk of HF, even among women without coronary heart diseasediabetes, or hypertension - common risk factors for HF. 

 

Learn more about the research here.

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