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Risk Factors

Afflicts an Estimated 5 Million Americans

Heart failure is one of the most common reasons why people over the age of 65 go to the hospital. It afflicts an estimated 5 million Americans. Risk factors include:

  • Advancing age
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Excessive alcohol use or illicit drug use
  • Obesity
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Certain types of chemotherapy
  • Heart valve disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Certain viruses

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215