Heart Failure Facts and Statistics

8 Things You Should Know About Heart Failure
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  1. How many Americans have heart failure?
    About 5.8 million people in the U.S. have heart failure.1

  2. How many people get diagnosed with heart failure each year?
    An estimated 400,000 to 700,000 new heart failure cases are diagnosed each year.2

  3. How many people in the U.S. die from heart failure every year?
    In the U.S., the annual number of deaths from heart failure has doubled since 1979, now reaching 250,000.2

  4. How long do people live with heart failure?
    After a first diagnosis of heart failure, fewer than 50 percent of patients are living 5 years later, and fewer than 25 percent are still alive after 10 years.2

  5. What is the economic impact of heart failure in the U.S.?
    According to data published in 2011, heart failure costs the U.S. $34.4 billion each year in medication, services, and lost productivity.3

  6. Do hospital visits for heart failure lead to readmission?
    Among patients with Medicare in 2012, 23.3 percent of hospital admissions due to heart failure resulted in readmission of the patient within 30 days.4

  7. How many older people are hospitalized for heart failure?
    In 2010, 71 percent of people hospitalized for heart failure were 65 or older.5

  8. Do heart failure rates vary by race?
    African Americans had the highest rate of heart failure, with a 4.6 incidence rate (per 1,000 person-years). Hispanics, whites, and Chinese Americans followed with 3.5, 2.4, and 1.0 incidence rates, respectively.6

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1. "What Is Heart Failure?" National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hf/ January 9, 2012.
2. "Quick Facts and Questions About Heart Failure." Heart Failure Society of America. http://www.hfsa.org/heart_failure_facts.asp Accessed March 24, 2013.
3. "Heart Failure Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_failure.htm Last Updated October 12, 2012.
4. McHugh, MD. "Hospital Nursing and 30-Day Readmissions Among Medicare Patients With Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23151591 Med Care. 2013 Jan; 51(1):52-9. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3182763284.
5. "NCHS Data Brief." Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db108.htm October 2012.
6. Bahrami, Hossein, MD. "Differences in the Incidence of Congestive Heart Failure by Ethnicity." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038918/ Arch Intern Med. 2008 October 27; 168(19): 2138"“2145.