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How Serious is CHF?

  • Each year, a quarter of a million people die from CHF
  • CHF is the leading cause of hospitalization in elderly patients
  • Risk of death is 5-10% per year with mild symptoms and as high as 30-40% in patients with severe symptoms
  • Annually, $25-50 billion is spent in USA to care for patients with CHF. This does not include indirect costs (loss of productivity)
  • The cost of hospitalization for CHF is twice that for all forms of cancer
  • Deaths as a result of CHF (as direct or secondary cause) has increased 6-fold over the past 40 years
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