Heart Failure Awareness Week
4 to 10 October 2021

About Heart Failure

 

Heart Failure is a serious chronic condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood to support the needs of other organs in the body. The most common causes of heart failure include coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), congenital heart defects, or damaged heart valves. Symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue and swollen limbs. It can occur suddenly, although it usually develops slowly, often over many years, as the heart gradually becomes weaker and works less effectively. People with mild heart failure may have very few symptoms but in more severe cases it can result in chronic tiredness, reduced capacity to exercise and shortness of breath. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people are at risk of heart failure and it is the most frequent cause of hospitalisation in people over the age of 65.

Chronic Heart Failure

 

This is a general term that refers to longstanding heart failure and with the right medication and lifestyle, it can usually be treated to improve a person’s quality of life. Not all heart failure is deemed chronic - heart failure caused by particular impairments, such as defects in a heart valve, can sometimes be cured if detected early.

 

Congestive Heart Failure

 

This term refers to a certain type of heart failure, specifically the ‘congestion’ or build-up of fluid in the lungs, liver or legs that frequently occurs in people with untreated heart failure.

Don't Let Heart Failure Stop You

Heart failure is a serious chronic condition, but it doesn’t have to stop you from living. 26 million people worldwide are living with heart failure and over 100,000 of them are Australians. Let’s focus on living, because even with heart failure, you can still be you. Don’t let heart failure stop you. #HeartFailureAwareness

If you have experienced a heart event or care for someone who has, Heart Support Australia is there for you to help you stay connected with a peer support network providing information, support and encouragement.

 

Heart Support Australia facilitates peer support groups in locations across the nation, and for those in rural, regional or pandemic lockdown areas, we have recently introduced a monthly online peer support group via Zoom to help you stay connected.

 

Copy and paste this link to your calendar and click to join us on the day: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83772209479

 

The next online support group is being held on:

Tuesday, 12 October

From 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)

Having one heart attack or other cardiac event increases your risk of having another. Your mental health, social interactions with people, and participation in activities play a huge role in your recovery and improving your quality of life. It is important to avoid isolation and make sure you are connecting with family, friends and support groups with your peers. Our mission is to facilitate the transition of cardiac patients from hospital to home, for as long as is needed, by providing the physical, psychological, and social support to help reduce the risk of a secondary cardiac event.

Call us on 02 6253 0097 or send an email to office@heartnet.org.au for further information or to join a peer support group near you.