Epidemiology of heart failure

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Abstract

Heart failure (HF) has been singled out as an epidemic and is a staggering clinical and public health problem, associated with significant mortality, morbidity, and healthcare expenditures, particularly among those aged ≥65 years. The case mix of HF is changing over time with a growing proportion of cases presenting with preserved ejection fraction for which there is no specific treatment. Despite progress in reducing HF-related mortality, hospitalizations for HF remain frequent and rates of readmissions continue to rise. To prevent hospitalizations, a comprehensive characterization of predictors of readmission in patients with HF is imperative and must integrate the impact of multimorbidity related to coexisting conditions. New models of patient-centered care that draw on community-based resources to support HF patients with complex coexisting conditions are needed to decrease hospitalizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-659
Number of pages14
JournalCirculation research
Volume113
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • heart failure
  • population surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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