Heart failure

We want to help prevent and treat heart failure, a leading cause of death

Congestive heart failure, also known as heart failure (HF) is a chronic and progressive disease1 that affects 64 million people worldwide.2 In the US, fifty percent of patients will die within five years of diagnosis,3 and it is becoming noticeably more prevalent with our aging population.4 Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalisation for those over the age of 65 and also impacts quality of life and overall health outcomes.5,6 Despite medical advances, it remains as life-threatening as some of the most common types of cancer in both men (prostate and bladder cancers) and women (breast cancers).7


Addressing heart failure and other CVRM diseases

As research continues to unveil further insights into the reality of the comorbidities of heart failure, it is vital that we consider the patient as a whole, not merely focusing on one disease, and adapt our research, development, and treatments accordingly.

We dare to do things differently and challenge ourselves to better understand how our portfolio can be used to help address multiple risk factors or comorbidities across cardiovascular, renal, metabolic diseases (CVRM). We endeavour to support heart failure patients throughout their journey, ease the challenges they endure and ultimately reduce the heart failure risk by revolutionising the current care possibilities provided.


The patient experience

Facing daily life with emotional worry and physical burden

Patients suffering from chronic heart failure disease often feel daily activities, including even carrying groceries, are energy-depleting tasks. Alongside the physical challenges heart failure poses, patients may become tormented with worry, as they fear normal tasks could worsen their condition or even threaten their life. To add to patients’ pain, individuals suffering from heart failure may furthermore be impacted by interconnected cardiovascular, renal, or metabolic diseases.17 

64 million

people are impacted by heart failure worldwide2

#1 cause of hospitalisation

for those over the age of 65 is heart failure5

4 in 10

chronic heart failure patients who take RAAS inhibitors at some point develop hyperkalaemia15


of people with T2D will develop chronic or acute heart failure21

5-year survival rate

of both men and women with heart failure has been shown to be lower than some of the most common cancers in both men (prostate and bladder cancers) and women (breast cancers)7 in Scotland7

Our commitment

Today, we are focusing on developing our therapies to help reach even more patients affected by heart failure. Not only do we strive to bring the right treatment and introduce new life-changing medicines for patients suffering from heart failure, we also dedicate our efforts to bringing awareness to the forefront of our ambition to highlight the importance of tackling one of the leading causes of death and push the boundaries of heart failure treatment guidelines. 

Our people

AstraZeneca has one of the richest clinical pipelines today in the heart failure area in terms of prevention and treatment of various subtypes of heart failure. Our ambition is indeed to eventually reverse the disease and to eradicate heart failure.

Li-Ming Gan Medical Science Director, Early Clinical Development (Cardiovascular and Metabolism), BioPharmaceuticals R&D

Discover more about CVRM


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