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Circ Res. 2013 Aug 30;113(6):646-59. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.300268.

Epidemiology of heart failure.

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Department of Health Sciences Research and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. ebraunwald@partners.org

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.

KEYWORDS:

epidemiology; heart failure; population surveillance

PMID:
23989710
PMCID:
PMC3806290
DOI:
10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.300268
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