WE HAVE PASSION FOR HELPING PEOPLEWITH HEART FAILURE
Heart failure affects more than 6 million people in the United States and approximately 18 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of hospitalization and readmission in people age 65 and older. Heart failure is a progressive, debilitating condition in which the heart cannot pump blood adequately to serve the body’s needs, starving cells of nutrients and oxygen. People living with heart failure may experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and coughing as they try to perform everyday activities. Heart failure has no cure, and needs to be actively managed and treated in order to slow its progression. Despite available treatments, many heart failure patients have difficulty managing their disease and are eventually hospitalized with sudden worsening of the disease. Of these patients, 30 to 50% either die or are re-hospitalized within 60 days of admission. Almost half of all heart failure patients die within five years of hospital discharge. Heart failure is becoming more common as the overall population ages and heart attack survival rates increase.
At Cytokinetics, we are deploying our specialized experience and know-how in muscle biology to develop a novel therapy for those millions of people battling heart failure.