•High BP is a common cause of heart failure if left untreated. Early detection and prompt treatment are needed;

•Do not ignore symptoms like breathlessness and undue fatigue;

•Diabetics can have heart failure due to associated coronary artery disease (blocks in arteries supplying the heart muscle) or due to weakening of heart muscle, or both. Good control of blood sugar levels is essential;

•Regular medical check up after 40 years of age is advisable;

•Those who have established heart problems should strictly adhere to regular diet, salt restriction, drugs and be under regular follow-up.

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