8 Surprising Facts About Heart Failure
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1. Heart failure is common.

One fact about heart failure is it's more common than you may think. Heart failure occurs when the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should. These heart failure facts might surprise you: More people go to the hospital for heart failure than all types of cancer combined. About 5.1 million people in the United States have this chronic disease and about 400,000 people a year develop this condition.

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