The risk of heart failure, or reduced capacity of the heart to pump blood, rises with age. The risk is especially high in people after a heart attack or among those with heart disease or high blood pressure. To prevent heart failure or slow its progression, exercise, diet, moderating alcohol intake, and not smoking are all recommended. Appropriate medical care, including medications, can help preserve heart function.
To continue reading this article, you must login
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.