Heart Failure

Basic Facts

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 conditions of the heart and blood vessels that become more common as we age. Approximately 14% of men and 13% of women over 80 years old have heart failure.   

Types of Heart Failure

There are two main types of heart failure:  

  1. Diastolic refers to the heart muscle when it is at rest.
  2. Systolic refers to the heart muscle when it pumps.


Last Updated August 2020