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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heart failure patients living longer

As recently as 2010 the life expectancy of patients with heart failure was only two years.  However, thanks to modern medicine, the American Heart Association reported in 2013 that the life expectancy for many can be as long as five years.  That's actually quite an impressive improvement.

The American Heart Association, on May 2015, reported in The Journal of the American Heart Association, "Heart failure patients living longer, but long-term survival still low," on a study that concluded the following:
  • More people hospitalized for heart failure are surviving longer.
  • Yet their prognosis remains poor, as only one in three patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) in 2004 survived beyond five years.
  • Researchers noted that heart failure patients are older and sicker compared to the previous decade.
What this means is that due to science and improved technology physicians are becoming better adept at both preventing and treating heart failure.  

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