If you've walked through your local grocery story recently, you probably know that Valentine's Day is coming up. What you might not have known is that you don't have to wait till Saturday to break out the heart-shaped memorabilia.
February 8-14th is National Heart Failure Awareness Week (HFAW), a 7-day stretch during American Heart Health Month (February) focused on our country's number one killer of women. Heart failure affects over five million Americans and has almost 700,000 new diagnoses each year. While it is a chronic condition that people can live with outside of the hospital, the terrifying fact is that 50% of those with heart failure die within just 5 years of their diagnosis.
Though every week is Heart Failure Awareness Week for the Health for America Fellows, this week we are hosting a special heart failure-themed design workshop put on by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The workshop will bring together heart failure patients, family caregivers, physicians, healthcare entrepreneurs, and the HFA Fellows to leverage their wide array of perspectives and generate meaningful solutions that improve the lives of those with heart failure.
If you want to do something special for Heart Failure Awareness Week, you can check out the Heart Failure Society of America's turnkey kit for planning a HFAW event. You can also follow the HFSA and American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) on Twitter to learn more about heart failure and then join me in telling one new person everyday this week about the disease and how it affects millions around the world every day.