The new epidemiology of heart failure

Richard J. Rodeheffer

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In the past 5 years there has been a significant shift in the focus of heart failure epidemiology research. In the 1960 to 1995 era, persons with overt clinical heart failure were identified by assessment of typical symptoms and signs of heart failure. Recent work has gone beyond symptoms and signs, to include objective echocardiographic measurement of ventricular function. This approach has revealed that most cases of ventricular dysfunction are asymptomatic. It has also underscored the high prevalence of diastolic ventricular dysfunction in the very elderly. Nevertheless, recent data suggest that advances in heart failure therapy may be resulting in improved survival for heart failure patients in the community. Future efforts need to be directed toward early detection of ventricular dysfunction and prevention of symptomatic heart failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent cardiology reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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