Donate to Heart Failure Research & Care

Heart failure is a long-term condition that typically can be managed and is not necessarily fatal. However, the condition still claims far too many lives. In 2019, nearly 500,000 cases of heart failure will be diagnosed in the United States, and nearly a quarter of those cases will prove to be fatal. Heart failure occurs when the heart is weakened and is no longer able to effectively and efficiently pump blood throughout the body. Essentially, as stated by the American Heart Association, “the heart cannot keep up with its workload.” This process can cause a number of symptoms, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, persistent cough and swelling in the feet and legs.

At Northwestern Medicine, physicians and scientists are dedicated to continually advancing the understanding and treatment of heart failure. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of heart failure care and research at Northwestern Medicine, you will help to facilitate important progress that will benefit the health, quality of life and long-term prognoses of many people affected by heart failure.

Northwestern Medicine’s cardiologists provide exceptional, patient-centered care to people with heart failure. A patient’s treatment plan might include medications, lifestyle changes (such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting consumption of alcohol and caffeine) and, if necessary, the implantation of a device, such as a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), which is a mechanical pump that helps to maintain the pumping ability of a very weak heart. Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide support to care providers and patients alike as they address the challenges of heart failure.

While heart failure affects both men and women, it is often an especially lethal “silent” killer in women, because symptoms of heart failure in women often mimic other conditions or illnesses, such as the flu. The risk of developing heart failure is higher among people affected by:

  • A congenital heart condition
  • A past heart attack
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • A heart rhythm disorder
  • Coronary artery disease

Northwestern Medicine’s cardiologists and other specialists in cardiovascular health are committed to raising public awareness of heart failure; to educating men and women about the specific symptoms of heart failure that might affect them; and to help people understand how to reduce their risk of developing heart failure. With your support, these important educational efforts will continue to thrive and will reach greater numbers of people.

Heart Failure Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By making a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of heart failure-related initiatives at Northwestern Medicine, you will offer vital support to leading-edge research studies and clinical trials, and you will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine remains at the forefront of nationally recognized, comprehensive care for heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions.


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