Heart Failure Facts
Your heart consists of two ventricles that pump blood throughout the body. What pumps through the left ventricle must pump through the right ventricle or complications occur. The left ventricle is usually the first to fail because it works harder to pump blood to the entire body. Left ventricle failure can also mask right ventricle failure. Heart failure occurs when your heart can no longer pump enough blood to sustain your body. Vital organs like the kidneys, liver and brain are starved of the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly.
- The final common pathway of all cardiovascular disease is heart failure.
- 5.7 million Americans suffer from heart failure. (Source: American Heart Association)
- In the United States, an estimated 670,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed annually. (Source: American Heart Association)
- In the United States, nearly 300,000 people die from heart failure each year. (Source: American Heart Association 2004-2006)
- Studies and professional papers have documented that right ventricular dysfunction/failure is revealed or develops in up to 40% of patients who receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
- While LVADs may slow the progression of heart failure, they do not stop it.
- The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is the only approved device in use that eliminates the source of end-stage biventricular heart failure.