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Interest is keen in the changing demographics of heart failure (HF) in the United States. As of 2012, an estimated 5.7 million Americans 20 years or older had HF, for a prevalence of 2.2%.1 Heart failure is an important contributor to the burden and cost of national health care expenditures, and although HF hospitalizations have declined,2 hospitalization remains a prime driver of cost. These issues affect patients, their families and caregivers, the health care workforce, and the health systems and industries that facilitate patient care. Understanding demographic shifts in this ill population is crucial for adequate planning and resource development and deployment.
Walsh MN. Heart Failure—An Epidemic or a Shifting Landscape?. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(6):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0942