Patients with the condition see doctors far more frequently, study finds
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure have many more doctor visits and take more medications than those without heart failure, researchers are reporting.
They based their conclusion on an analysis of data on 173,000 Medicare beneficiaries. The overall average age of the beneficiaries was 70.7 years, while the average age for those with heart failure was between 76 and 77 years.
The analysis found that:
The findings were expected to be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association's annual scientific sessions, in New Orleans.
"These findings highlight the complexity of treating heart failure patients who often have serious co-morbidities," and "stress the importance of developing comprehensive and coordinated care," study lead author Robert Page, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy and physical medicine, and clinical specialist in the cardiology division at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and Medicine, said in a heart association news release.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about heart failure.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 12, 2008
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