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Eur J Heart Fail. 2015 Sep;17(9):884-92. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.319. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

Heart failure as a general pandemic in Asia.

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Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine and Evidence-based Cardiovascular Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.


Heart failure (HF) is an epidemic in healthcare worldwide, including Asia. It appears that HF will become more serious in the near future, with the epidemiological transition and ageing of the population. However, in contrast to Western countries, information on HF epidemiology is still limited in Asia, particularly in South Asia. In this review, we will briefly summarize available information regarding the current and future burden of HF in Asia, which indicates the importance of both primary prevention of underlying diseases of HF and secondary prevention, including management of ischaemic HF, HF with preserved EF, and HF in the elderly.


Ageing; Asia; Heart failure; Prevention

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