An Epidemic Of Heart Failure

Are We In The Middle Of An Epidemic Of Heart Failure?

Does half a million new cases per year qualify for an epidemic of heart failure? 

Statistics in the US show that…

  • Approximately 5 million Americans are affected by congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • There are nearly ½ million new cases of heart failure per year.
  • Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among people over 65.
  • Hospital admissions for heart failure related symptoms have increased 155% in the last two decades.
  • The annual number of deaths directly from CHF increased from 10,000 in 1968 to 42,000 in 1993.

Statistics like these lead many scientists to believe that we are experiencing an epidemic of heart failure. 

Here are a few more numbers…

  • Visits to doctors' offices for CHF increased from 1.7 million in 1980 to 2.9 million in 1993.
  • More than 65,000 persons with CHF receive home care each year.
  • In 1993, an estimated $17.8 billion was spent for the care of CHF patients.

Why would anyone question the fact that we are in the midst of an epidemic of heart failure?

Are These Statistics Necessarily Bad News?

It sounds like a ridiculous question. On the one hand these statistics are very bad news. Congestive heart failure is a painful and terminal condition. It is estimated that more than half of the patients diagnosed with heart failure die within 5 years. There is nothing good about these statistics. They do indicate that we are in an epidemic of heart failure.

But a few of the numbers may indicate a positive trend.

Some studies indicate that the number of new cases of CHF is not going up. That is, an individual's risk of developing heart failure has not increased during the last 20 years. If we were in an epidemic of heart failure we would expect the number of new cases to be on the rise. 

But how can this be considering the increase in hospitalizations for heart failure? The answer is a bit of good news. 

Heart failure patients are prone to symptom flare-ups. And many of these flare-ups require hospitalization.

Because heart failure patients are living longer they are requiring more care.

A study by the Mayo Clinic involving residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota demonstrated that the percentage of CHF sufferers who survived more than five years after diagnosis was on the increase. 

At the beginning of the study only about 35% of men diagnosed with CHF would survive more than 5 years. The 5-year survival for women was 49%. Twenty years later the 5-year survival rate had risen to 50% for men and 54% for women. 

The statistics demonstrate that we are not so much in an epidemic of heart failure as we are in an epidemic of hospitalization.

Here’s a question for you…

Are you sick and tired of just not feeling great?

Are there health issues – in addition to your heart health – that concern you? Like…

Anxiety? Or not sleeping well? Or joint pain? Or low energy? Or poor digestion? Or weight gain? Or stress? Why do so many people suffer from these symptoms and others? Those nagging health issues that seem so difficult to define.

Did you know that these health problems – as well as more serious chronic diseases – can be the result of …

  • Your body holding on to too many toxins?
  • And chronic inflammation?
  • And pH and blood sugar imbalance?
  • And your elimination organs not working well?
  • And poor nutrition?
  •  And foods that stress your system?

Many people have come to realize this and have made changes to recapture their health. We have a great – FREE – resource we want you to have. Simply click the link below.

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Is It Time To Celebrate?

The increasing survival trend is good news. But the bare statistics still indicate that we are in an epidemic of heart failure. We are not any more successful in preventing new cases of CHF than we were 20 years ago. And a 5-year survival rate of 50% is still a staggering statistic. We also need to reduce the number of hospital visits brought on by CHF flare-ups.

As the population continues to age medical costs associated with heart failure will also rise.

Apparently we will continue to be in an epidemic of heart failure if we don’t start focusing our attention on prevention. Some of the underlying causes of heart failure are beyond our control. But there are others that we do influence. For example…

Heart failure does not develop overnight. Taking our own heart health seriously can help keep us from falling victim to an epidemic of heart failure. 

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