Does half a million new cases per year qualify for an epidemic of heart failure?
Statistics in the US show that…
Statistics like these lead many scientists to believe that we are experiencing an epidemic of heart failure.
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Why would anyone question the fact that we are in the midst of an epidemic of heart failure?
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.
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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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