Hospitalizations due to heart failure on the rise: Study

Hospitalizations due to heart failure on the rise: StudyHospitalizations in the U.S. due to heart failure are on the rise, according to new research findings. On the other hand, the hospital visits are becoming shorter and survival rates are increasing.

The study included data from over 15 million congestive heart failure hospitalizations in the U.S. between 1996 and 2009.


Heart failure hospitalization numbers rose from just over one million to 1.2 million in 2009, but the average stay was down to five days from six. In-hospital death rates declined as well, revealing an advancement in medical care.
Study corresponding author Dr. Muhammad Bilal Munir explained, “There has been significant progress in heart failure management over the past two decades, but more has to be done. The number of hospitalizations has increased, identifying a need to implement heart-failure quality measures stringently to reduce these admissions, therefore reducing heart failure-associated healthcare costs.”

The findings were published in Clinical Cardiology.

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


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