Chronic heart failure

Show simple item record Ker, James A. 2015-12-08T09:30:01Z 2015-12-08T09:30:01Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Heart failure is a global problem. It is estimated that approximately 38 million people worldwide experience heart failure, and this number is growing because of the ageing of nations’ populations, but also because patients are rescued from death during an acute myocardial infarction, and later develop heart failure. The prevalence of heart failure is roughly 2% of the population, and up to 10% in people aged 75 years and older. It is also estimated that the lifetime risk of heart failure at the age of 40 years is approximately 20% (one in five) for both men and women. Heart failure is also increasing in low- and medium-income countries, probably because of changes in lifestyle which favour the development of obesity, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The mortality of heart failure is worse than that associated with most cancers. Average mortality is roughly 50% within five years. However, evidence-based treatment did reduce mortality significantly. About two thirds of the economic burden of heart failure is owing to hospital admissions and re-admissions. Therefore, heart failure is also an expensive disease. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ker, JA 2015, 'Chronic heart failure', South African Family Practice, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 26-28. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6190 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6204 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher MedPharm Publications en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 The Author(s). Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons License [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]. en_ZA
dc.subject Acute myocardial infarction en_ZA
dc.subject Diabetes mellitus en_ZA
dc.subject Heart failure en_ZA
dc.subject Hypertension en_ZA
dc.subject Obesity en_ZA
dc.title Chronic heart failure en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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