Frequently Asked Questions
5. Who is at greatest risk?
Heart failure is most common in people over 65. African-Americans are more likely to have heart failure and to suffer more severely from it. African-Americans also are more likely to develop symptoms at an earlier age, have their heart failure get worse faster, have more hospital visits, and die from heart failure. High blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are risk factors for coronary artery disease and heart failure.