A small donation of $1 will help us develop a new, free tool to help treat one of the most expensive medical conditions: heart failure.
Causes of a heart failure exacerbation:
When the heart fails, people can experience debilitating shortness of breath and swelling. The failing heart can also enter a downward spiral that can be difficult to escape, eventually leading to a situation that risks a person’s life. Many things contribute to a heart failure exacerbation, but the most problematic issue is the complexity of the condition itself. Heart failure results from medical problems like hypertension, heart attacks and valvular heart disease among many others. Treatment most often requires multiple drugs, a strict diet that restricts salt intake, careful self-monitoring and frequent visits with a specialist.
Heart Failure Statistics
Heart failure is one of the most expensive and difficult medical conditions to treat and requires a great deal of medical attention and resources. Over 5 million people in the US alone struggle with congestive heart failure. You may already know someone affected. Despite impressive advances in technology, heart failure remains a huge challenge. Unfortunately today, about half of the people who are diagnosed with heart failure die within five years. New and innovative solutions are necessary to contain the costs and saves lives.
Who are we?
We are a group of doctors who want to develop a new approach to help patients with heart failure. Most of the money available to medical researchers is intended to create new profit generating medications or devices for use by the medical professional. Although those are badly needed, our approach is different. We want to empower patients with the knowledge of their condition and allow them the independence to manage their own health.
What is The Learning Heart Project? A new heart failure tool, designed to help congestive heart failure patients by offering free information and teaching about the condition.
A new resource, available to: anyone with congestive heart failure. To obtain the information they need to prevent a worsening situation. We aim to create a complete suite of tools designed to teach patients with this condition everything they need to know to manage themselves better. These will include online teaching modules and a collection of videos.
Our team will donate their time and knowledge to this project,
but we need your help
to manage the costs of production. Once ready, it will become available to everyone — FOR FREE. We are not associated with a pharmaceutical company, nor is our project profit generating. All of the funds raised for the project will be used for further research and development of the tool. The Learning Heart Project is entirely a physician-led effort.
You can read more about heart failure symptoms on our post on this condition.