Heart Failure

Frequently Asked Questions

5. Who is at greatest risk for heart failure?

Heart failure is more common in

  • people who are 65 years old or older
  • African-Americans
  • people who are overweight
  • people who have had a heart attack
  • men.

Aging can weaken the heart muscle. Older people also may have had diseases for many years that led to heart failure.

African Americans are more likely to have heart failure than people of other races. They're also more likely to have symptoms at a younger age, have more hospital visits due to heart failure, and die from heart failure.

Excess weight puts strain on the heart. Being overweight also increases your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. These diseases can lead to heart failure.

A history of a heart attack puts people at greater risk for heart failure.

Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women.