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With 550,000 new cases each year, the number of new heart failure cases exceeds those of AIDS, breast cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease.1
Heart failure affects approximately 5 million Americans.2
Heart failure is the most frequent cause of hospitalization in patients over 65 years of age.3
Acute heart failure results in nearly 1 million hospitalizations annually – more than the number of patients hospitalized for heart attack.4
Heart failure contributes to or causes more than 300,000 deaths each year. Acute heart failure is responsible for more annual deaths than leukemia, breast, lung, and ovarian cancers combined.5
In 2006, the United States healthcare system spent an estimated $29.6 billion to treat heart failure!6
  1. (Source: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics 2006 Update)
  2. (Source: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics 2006 Update)
  3. (Source: NHLBI Disease and Condition Index: Heart Failure. Available at nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Hf/HF_All.html)
  4. (Source: Agency for Health Quality Research, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project)
  5. (Source: NHLBI Disease and Condition Index: Heart Failure. Available at nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Hf/HF_All.html)
  6. (Source: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics 2006 Update)
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