Around 15 million people across Europe suffer from congestive heart failure, a chronic condition where the heart is not able to pump enough blood around the body, but according to Sofia Marchã, a senior policy officer for patients and research at the European Heart Network in Brussels, Belgium, a new health app could make living with the condition easier.
Who is at risk of developing heart failure? ‘High blood pressure, raised cholesterol and diabetes are risk factors for heart failure, while genetics, age and family history also play a role. ‘However, behaviour also has an effect. Smoking and an unhealthy diet, for example, increase the chance of developing heart diseases in general and certainly don’t help someone who has been diagnosed with heart failure.’…..more