Despite improvements in care as well as better prognoses in other cardiac conditions, chronic heart failure morbidity and mortality remain high. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, it continues to be associated with a significant risk of hospitalization and death.3-6
Why is this so concerning? Because the incidence of heart failure increases with age. The result is that as the baby boomer generation grows older, heart failure will grow in prevalence. In addition, improved survival and "salvage" of patients with myocardial infarction (MI) will contribute to increasing prevalence. Finally, an increase in risk factors such as hypertension is also fueling the increasing prevalence.7
In fact, over 8 million people in the US may have heart failure by 2030. One of the most common reasons for hospitalization in patients aged 65 years and older, heart failure places an escalating burden on patients, caregivers, and the entire healthcare system. Each year, 960,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed, and a person at age 45 has a 1 in 5 lifetime risk of developing heart failure.1,2,8
MI = myocardial infarction.
*Epidemiology projected using a methodology developed by the American Heart Association.
>1 million heart failure hospitalizations occur every year1
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