The heart failure epidemic

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Abstract

Heart failure has been singled out as an emerging epidemic, which could be the result of increased incidence and/or increased survival leading to increased prevalence. Knowledge of the responsibility of each factor in the genesis of the epidemic is crucial for prevention. Population-based studies have shown that, over time, the incidence of heart failure remained overall stable, while survival improved. Therefore, the heart failure epidemic is chiefly one of hospitalizations. Data on temporal trends in the incidence and prevalence of heart failure according to ejection fraction and how it may have changed over time are needed while interventions should focus on reducing the burden of hospitalizations in hear failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1807-1830
Number of pages24
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Heart failure
  • Population studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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