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“A variety of health conditions can heighten the risk of heart failure including hypertension and kidney diseases as well as smoking. We are also seeing large number of diabetic patients with heart failure, which shows that diabetes is also a prominent risk factor for the people of Kerala. In addition, there are large number of young people with coronary artery diseases (blockages in arteries supplying blood to heart muscles) who go on to develop heart failure. The most important thing in preventing heart failure is to identify the risk factors and try to halt the progression of these health conditions,” said Dr. Vijayakumar M., Professor, Department of Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. He was speaking at “Amrita Heart Failure Update” – a practical guide to the management of heart failure, organized by the Department of Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, on July 22, 2018. The one-day meet saw the participation of cardiologists from India and abroad on the management of heart failure.