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Am I at Risk for Heart Failure?

Your Heart Failure Risk

After age 40, the average woman or man has a 1 in 5 (20%) chance of developing heart failure at some point in their life.1 An individual’s risk depends on whether they have other medical problems.

If you are a woman between the ages of 45 and 94 and have coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or heart valve disease, fill out the questions below to calculate your risk of developing heart failure in the next 4 years.2

Even if your 4-year risk is low, your lifetime risk of developing heart failure may be much higher. Click here to calculate your risk of developing heart disease in the next 10 years.

How Can I Lower My Risk?

By knowing your risk, you’ve already taken the first major step to prevent heart failure. The next step is to control the things that are putting you at risk for heart failure, including other heart conditions. Below is a list of heart failure risk factors—characteristics, conditions, or behaviors that increase your chances of developing the disease. Click any title to learn more about how it affects your heart failure risk and what you can do about it:

Heart Failure Risk Factors You Can Control

Heart Failure Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Some characteristics that contribute to your heart failure risk are ones you can’t change. However, knowing more about them can help you better understand your risk and motivate you to address the other things that are putting you at risk. These include:


  1. Lloyd-Jones DM, Larson MG, Leip EP, et al. Lifetime risk for developing congestive heart failure: the Framingham Heart Study. Circulation. 2002;106(24):3068-3072.
  2. Kannel WB, D'Agostino RB, Silbershatz H, Belanger AJ, Wilson PW, Levy D. Profile for estimating risk of heart failure. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(11):1197-1204.

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