Navigation Links
More Elderly Americans Living With Heart Failure

Incidence has declined, but survival gains place burden on Medicare, analysis finds

MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- While the number of elderly Americans newly diagnosed with heart failure has declined, the number of those living with the condition has increased, new research finds.

The Duke University study analyzed data on 622,789 Medicare patients, aged 65 and older, diagnosed with heart failure between 1994 and 2003. It found that the annual occurrence of heart failure decreased from 32 per 1,000 person-years (years of observation time during which each person is at risk to develop the disease) in 1994, to 29 per 1,000 person-years in 2003.

When the researchers looked at specific age groups, they found a sharper decline among people aged 80 to 84 (from 57.5 to 48.4 per 1,000 person-years), and a slight increase among those aged 65 to 69 (from 17.5 to 19.3 per 1,000 person years).

Between 1994 and 2003, the number of people living with heart failure increased, from about 140,000 to 200,000. More men than women live with the condition.

"The proportion of [Medicare] beneficiaries with a heart failure diagnosis increased from 90 per 1,000 in 1994 to 120 per 1,000 in 2000, and remained at about 120 per 1,000 through 2003," the authors wrote.

The findings are published in the Feb. 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Although the incidence of heart failure has declined somewhat during the past decade, modest survival gains have resulted in an increase in the number of patients living with heart failure," the researchers concluded. "Identifying optimal strategies for the treatment and management of heart failure will become increasingly important as the size of the Medicare population grows."

Almost 5 million people in the United States have heart failure, which kills more than 300,000 patients a year. Since it's primarily a disease of older people, it places a significant and increasing burden on Medicare, said the study authors, who noted that the number of people age 65 and older hospitalized for heart failure increased by more than 30 percent from 1984 to 2002.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about heart failure.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Feb. 25, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Depression in the Elderly is Complicated but Treatable, From the Harvard Mental Health Letter
2. Tennessee Tornadoes Spur Senior Move Managers to Aid Elderly in Crisis
3. Elderly more likely to deny smoking when asked, says Case Western Reserve University researcher
4. Left in the Dark and Facing Thousands in Rent Increases, Elderly Atria Senior Living Residents Protest; Call for Improvements
5. Increase in IT Skills Amongst the Elderly Will Boost Telecare Market
6. Low vitamin E levels associated with physical decline in elderly
7. Combo Treatment Best for Elderly Lymphoma Patients
8. Lack of Strong Thirst Signals Leads Elderly to Drink Too Little
9. Elderly at risk for physical disabilities exercise, improve physical function
10. A Little Help Can Boost Holiday Joy for Elderly
11. Message to the elderly: Its never too late to prevent illness!
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
More Elderly Americans Living With Heart Failure
(Date:11/27/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... be a safe and convenient way to dispense prescription medications at home, so ... and effective way to monitor and dispense prescription medications. In doing so, it ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set of 30 kinetic edge graphics ... editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any FCPX production. Create lists, ... self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ease of FCPX's drag and ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", which is hosted by ... of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing the world with a ... the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time. , In the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The men and ... nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They have overseen financial turnarounds, shown commitment ... advance the healthcare industry as a whole through their advocacy and professional efforts. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... located in central Michigan, have come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the ... available for viewing on the Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... november 2015 AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge ... investering aan van ten minste $15,8 miljoen ... het mondiale hoofdkantoor in Wilmington, ... in extra kantoorruimte en extra capaciteit voor ... behoeften van de farmaceutische en biotechnologische markten. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- --> --> Juntendo ... optimal contrast weighting of MRI for patients with Multiple ... research agreement with SyntheticMR in order to use SyMRI in ... possible to generate multiple contrast images from a single scan ... thus making it possible to both fine tune images and ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... --> --> ... analysis of the Japanese therapeutic drug monitoring market, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: