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The Silent Epidemic
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Raising awareness of heart failure - the 'silent epidemic'

Learn more on the Heart Failure Society of America websiteAre you suffering from:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • obesity?

Have you had a heart attack or damage to your heart valves?

Texas Heart Institute wants you to know that you could be one of the 5 million people suffering from heart failure.

The Heart Failure Society of America was instrumental in having the week of Valentine's Day declared as National Heart Failure Awareness Week.

Heart failure is not a heart attack. Rather it is a common – but frequently under-recognized – progressive condition in which the heart muscles weaken and gradually lose ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs.

Heart failure sometimes is called the "silent epidemic" because symptoms often are mistaken as signs of "just getting older." Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, ankle swelling and chest congestion.

CHI St. Luke's was the first hospital in Texas to become accredited as a Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The accreditation is based on proficiency in managing heart failure, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life.

For more information on heart failure and treatment options, please visit:

Updated July 2015
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