Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough to meet the body’s need for blood and oxygen. According to the American Heart Association more than 5 million people in the U.S. are currently living with some form of heart failure. It is also the most common reason for older adults to go to the hospital. Check out our infographic to learn more about this disease:\nFact: More than 5 million people in the US live with some form of heart failure. Click To Tweet\n\nTypes of Heart Failure\nLeft-sided heart failure occurs when the left side of the heart must work harder to pump the necessary amount of blood.\n\nSystolic failure is when the heart does not provide enough force to push enough blood into circulation.\nDiastolic failure is when the heart can’t fill properly with the necessary amount of blood in between beats.\n\nRight-sided heart failure happens when the right ventricle can’t pump blood out of the heart efficiently. As a result, the blood backs up in the veins and that can cause swelling or congestion in the legs, ankles or abdomen.\nCongestive heart failure requires medical attention. Blood flow slows, and blood returning to the heart backs up, causing congestion. Swelling is common.\n\u00bb Learn more about the difference between left and right-sided heart failure.\nConditions That Can Lead to Heart Failure\nSome of the most common causes include:\n\nCoronary artery disease\nPast heart attacks\nHigh blood pressure\nAbnormal heart valves\nHeart muscle disease or inflammation\nHeart defects present at birth\nSleep apnea\nObesity\nSevere lung disease\nDiabetes\n\n\nCommon Symptoms of Heart Failure\n\nIrregular or rapid heart beat\nShortness of breath\nPersistent cough or wheezing (possibly accompanied by white or blood-tingled phlegm)\nIncreased or decreased urination\nFatigue & weakness\nRapid weight gain\nSwelling (edema) of the ankles and feet\n\nReady to learn more about your risk factors for heart failure? Start by attending a free heart screening.