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Past heart attacks

Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure. If you have a heart attack one of the arteries supplying your heart muscle has become completely blocked, cutting off the blood supply. This means that oxygen and nourishment can’t get to the cells in that part of your heart muscle, causing these cells to die. Your remaining healthy heart muscle then has to pump harder to compensate, putting more workload onto your heart than it can handle. This can lead to heart failure (over several months or years).

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Animation explaining how a heart attack can cause heart failure

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AN ANIMATED JOURNEY THROUGH HEART FAILURE

A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.

USEFUL TOOLS

Click to print these tools to help you monitor your heart failure

PATIENT AND CAREGIVERS VIDEOS

In this section you can watch, listen or read interviews with other people with heart failure and their caregivers.

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heartfailurematers.org is a European Society of Cardiology website

The heartfailurematters.org website was developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The ESC is a world leader in the discovery and dissemination of best practices in cardiovascular medicine. Our members and decision-makers are healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to represent professionals in the field of cardiology in Europe and beyond.

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