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A Heart Failure Epidemic Leading to Death is Hitting U.S. Senior Citizens

Kaiser Permanente’s research published in “JAMA Cardiology” says that the US is under serious threat of deaths due to heart failure. These deaths are more common in elderly patients that are over 65 years of age.

As many people know, heart failure is an extreme and chronic form of heart disease in which the heart fails to pump blood efficiently. It is a progressive disease and may result in failing health for a long period of time. But the recent reports from the US say that heart failure is a leading cause in nine out of ten patients over 65 years of old people who died in the US.

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This shows a dramatic increase in deaths associated with heart problems, says the first author of this study Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH, who works as a senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. This study was to evaluate the heart health of older patients in the US which is gradually increased between 2011 and 2017. He says that this affected population is estimated to cross another 22 million by 2030.

This study used publicly available, national data obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Online Data collection for Epidemiologic Research. It is also called CDC WONDER, system and is available online for research purposes. The researchers found that 647,000 US citizens died of a heart problem in the year 2017 alone that is 51,000 cases more than reported in 2011. Among these deaths in 2017, approximately 80,000 died because of heart failure which is 22, 000 more than in 2011. These figures show that deaths with heart failure have been increased drastically over the last few years.

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Kaiser Permanente is one of the biggest not-for-profit organizations that are committed to providing better healthcare facilities for the future. It is operation since 1945, and on a mission to provide high-quality and affordable health care services to everyone especially to the lower-income households. It is currently operational in eight states and the District of Columbia serving more than 12 million members all across the US.

It uses cutting edge technology advancement and tools to promote health, prevent chronic diseases, healthcare delivery and an effective support the expert medical teams. Working by the clinical research, innovations in healthcare, promotion of health education and support of the affected community, it is all set to make a big impact in the US health sector.

This new research on heart diseases and heart failure to cause deaths in the US is an alarming situation that requires world-class clinical care and disease management policies to make a difference. Cardiovascular disease is one of the prime focus research interests at Kaiser Permanente and it promises to continue working even better for the better future of the healthcare sector.

Some of the diseases that may increase the risk for heart failure as follows;

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

the risk is even more if you happen to smoke tobacco, eat unhealthily or are obese. The common signs of heart failure are; shortness of breath, troubled breathing even when resting, abnormal weight gain, swelling, and fatigue. If you happen to experience any of these symptoms and are over 50 years of age, fix your appointment with a cardiologist for a complete checkup.

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