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What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure occurs when the heart’s muscles are too weak or stiff to pump blood around the body. It can affect men and women at any age.

Heart failure can be brought on by a combination of factors including large amounts of fat blocking the arteries, known as coronary heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmia, hypertension, disease of the heart valves (valvular disease) or heart muscles (cardiomyopathy).

There are four classifications of heart failure. Class 1 is mild and symptoms are not seen during normal physical activity. Class 4 is the most severe classification and individuals have severe discomfort when partaking in any physical activity or even when resting.

For the majority of people currently living with heart failure the symptoms can be treated with several different types of medicine. At Richmond Pharmacology, we conduct Phase I, II and III trials with heart failure patients. We work with internationally renowned experts and have contributed to the successful development of medicines such as Inclisiran.

To learn more about the technical aspects of our studies, visit the Richmond Pharmacology website.

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