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U.S. Heart Failure Costs Could Skyrocket: Report
Date:4/24/2013

hese include the following:

  • More effective distribution and use of therapy recommended in guidelines to prevent heart failure and improve patient survival.
  • Improving the coordination of care when hospitalized patients go home in order to help them achieve better outcomes and reduce their risk of having to return to the hospital.
  • Specialized training for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals on advanced heart failure care.
  • Improving heart failure prevention and care for minority groups and lower-income people.
  • Increasing access to palliative and hospice care for patients with heart failure in advanced stages.

The statement was published online April 24 in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

"We have the solutions we need to change the course of heart failure in this country, but we must take steps now to reverse the trend," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in the news release. "If we treat patients using existing guidelines, improve care transitions, adequately train our health care workforce and reduce disparities in the health outcomes of specific populations, we can lessen the burdens of heart failure."

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about heart failure.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, April 24, 2013


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