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We like to think of our heads and our hearts as opposites. Our heads are for logic and reason while our hearts are how we feel and love.
While this has never exactly been a scientific truth, when it comes to heart failure the picture is even more complex.
In addition to feeling down or anxious about a heart failure diagnosis (which is a very natural and normal reaction), increasingly, changes in mood, memory function, and even decision making are being recognized as direct side effects of heart failure. This is known as cognitive impairment.1
We know that heart failure can reduce the rate at which oxygen-rich blood is pumped around the body.2 This, in turn, can reduce the supply of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs, which can impact their ability to function normally – including the brain. This means that people with heart failure may experience a range of symptoms related to decreased blood flow to the brain, including dizziness, low mood, and reduction in short-term memory.1
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While this sounds scary, it is important to remember that there are things that you can do to help keep your heart and mind happy.
Learn more about managing life with heart failure
Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Florence
We headed to Florence with our stunning LED heart to raise awareness of heart failure and collect your donated heartbeats. See highlights from the event by watching the video below.
Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Dublin
On European heart failure awareness day in May 2016, Keep It Pumping dropped into a shopping center in Dublin to raise awareness of heart failure. See how the day went by watching the video below.
Keep It Pumping supports American Heart Association walks
Keep It Pumping participated in 6 awareness walks in 2015. See how we provided heart-healthy education materials to all those involved.
Don’t fail your heart
Join us on a video journey about heart failure.
Putting our print on Italy
Keep It Pumping joined a special event in Rome, Italy. We teamed up with local artists to create a fun and innovative symbol of awareness. You can see pictures of the event on the Keep It Pumping Facebook page and watch a video of the event below.
Toy-brick heart stop: Basel
Novartis continued the toy-brick heart project at its campus in Basel for European Heart Failure Awareness Day. The heart sculpture took shape, brick by brick, all for heart failure awareness. Watch the video to learn more!