Medicare will launch a campaign to raise awareness among the French

Medicare announced on Tuesday, September 20, the launch of an information campaign on heart failure, which affects at least 1.5 million French people. At the origin of a “deterioration in quality of life, repeated hospitalizations, death”this disease is “fraught with consequences”, emphasizes the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnam). But the number of affected people currently “underestimated because patients are slow to be diagnosed”should “25% growth every four years”.

Against the background of an improvement in life expectancy, heart failure increases with age, affecting 10% of seniors aged 70 and over. If this disease mainly affects people over 60, “its incidence increases before the age of 55, as in other European countries, due to lifestyle habits that are harmful to health (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, diet)”also notes Cnam.

Considering this pathology too little known, Medicare will launch a campaign on September 25 under the slogan: “Heart failure: what if your heart was trying to tell you something ?” It will be used in the press, on the radio, on TV and on social networks etc“improve knowledge about heart failure, warning signs and thus promote early diagnosis by encouraging patients to talk about it with their doctor”.

“Unusual shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, edema of the feet and ankles, excessive fatigue”… These symptoms are not “not specific to the disease, but their association or their recent occurrence should indicate heart failure”, Medicare emphasizes. Health personnel (doctors and paramedics) will also be made aware by Cnam via their specific information channels.

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