Prevalence of Heart Failure

Heart failure (HF) is an important public health problem. It is associated with disability, mortality and increased healthcare expenditures, especially among those over 65 years of age. The prevalence of HF continues to rise over time with the aging population. In NHANES data, an estimated 6.2 million American adults ≥20 years of age (2.2%) had HF between 2013 and 2016 compared with an estimated 5.7 million between 2009 and 2012 (Benjamin, 2019).


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