Understanding cardiac insufficiency

Cardiac insufficiency, commonly known as a weak heart, is a progressive heart disease caused by various pre-existing conditions such as vascular constriction followed by long-term high blood pressure and heart attacks or cardiac valve problems. Around 150,000 people in Switzerland suffer from this disease.

The weakened heart is no longer able to supply important organs with sufficient blood – and thus oxygen. The result is a significant reduction in what the sufferer is physically capable of doing in everyday life. In serious cases, it can lead to hospital stays lasting a number of days.

The aim of a training programme (heart programme) is to give people suffering from cardiac insufficiency a clear picture of the disease. Any complications that emerge can then be detected at an early stage and the right action taken to avoid hospital stays. Patients are able to regain a considerable amount of quality of life and look after themselves better. The training is provided by an experienced healthcare professional specialising in heart disease.

Find out your level of risk

The risk test of the Swiss Heart Foundation offers a quick way to find out your risk of developing cardiac insufficiency. The test takes only around five minutes. You will then receive a recommendation as to what to do next.

If you are not sure whether you have a weak heart, you can complete a short questionnaire for finding out your level of risk and discuss the results with your family doctor or register for the training programme straight away.