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Many heart failure patients don’t recognize the risks of their illness: study

NEW YORK: Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. In the survey of patients and physicians, doctors thought that 69 percent of patients were likely to die or need a transplant or what’s know as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to help their heart keep pumping within the next year. But just 14 percent of…