Women living with heart failure deserve more from their care

Women truly care for all those around them. In fact, the CDC estimates that over two thirds of caregivers in the U.S. are women. But when it comes to managing heart failure, women–especially Black and Latina women—face significant challenges in getting the best care possible.

There is a critical need to address health equity and disparity issues for Black and Latina women with heart failure.

Hear Your Heart is a call-to-action for women with heart failure to prioritize their health. Our goal is to help these women feel confident in asking for the resources they need to feel their best while managing the condition and be their own heart success advocate.

Key challenges for women with heart failure:

  • More women than men die of heart failure, despite an equal prevalence
  • Healthcare providers are less likely to adhere to guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in women, leading to potential undertreatment
  • Black or Latina patients with heart failure are less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units

What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a chronic, debilitating condition that occurs when the heart is not pumping enough blood for a body’s needs. The condition affects more than six million people in the U.S., accounts for more than one million hospitalizations a year and can severely impact quality of life. As of 2019, heart disease, which includes heart failure, was the number one cause of death in the U.S.

The health disparities for women with heart failure highlight a clear unmet need that demands the attention of patients, caregivers and health care professionals. Together, we must do more.

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It’s time to advocate for yourself and your care

So many women find it difficult to prioritize their own health. That’s why Tannie is encouraging women just like her to listen to what their heart needs, ask for support and take control of their heart failure care.

Heart Failure Care Video

Heart Failure Care

Cardiologist Dr. Alanna Morris answers some common questions about heart failure management and offers advice for women looking to take a more active role in their treatment.

Dr. Alanna Morris Questions Answered Video

Questions Answered

Making Heart Failure Care a Priority

Heart failure care can be complicated and overwhelming, but having the right support and practicing self-care can make a big difference.

Whether you're a woman with heart failure, a medical professional, or care partner, these helpful fact sheets can help you get a better understanding of how to prioritize care every step of the way.

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For women with heart failure

Get helpful advice on prioritizing heart failure care with practical lifestyle tips and more.

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For Black women with heart failure

See how mental health influences your physical wellbeing with helpful health habit trackers.

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For Latina women with heart failure

Make more time for yourself and your health with helpful habit trackers.

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Supporting someone with heart failure

Ensure you are best supporting your loved one as they prioritize their heart health and care.

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Self-care for care partners

Your health and wellbeing matters, too. Learn how to re-energize through self-care routines.

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For medical professionals

Support your patients with heart failure by helping them optimize their care.

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Providing guideline-directed care

Explore ways to implement guideline-based practices that can help improve heart failure care.



Learn more about a possible treatment option.