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What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalizations in people over 65. Heart failure develops when your heart can’t pump enough blood to provide your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs. This condition is sometimes called “congestive heart failure.” It usually results from other heart and circulatory conditions that become more common as we age.
Types of Heart Failure
There are two main types of heart failure:
- Diastolic refers to the heart muscle when it is at rest.
- Systolic refers to the heart muscle when it contracts.
Updated: November 2017
Posted: March 2012