Prevalence and Incidence of Heart failure


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Heart failure usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Heart failure at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Heart failure refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Heart failure diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Heart failure: 4.8 million (NHLBI); 2 to 3 million Americans (NHLBI)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 56 or 1.76% or 4.8 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence (annual) of Heart failure: 550,000 new cases (NHLBI); 400,000 new cases annually
Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 494 or 0.20% or 550,000 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Heart failure: Between 2 to 3 million Americans have heart failure1
Incidence of Heart failure: 400,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.1

Prevelance of Heart failure discussion: The condition affects 1 percent of people age 50, but about 5 percent of people age 75. 1

Prevelance statistics about Heart failure: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Heart failure:

  • Estimated at least 300,000 people over 45 have chronic heart failure in Australia (Field 2003, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Estimated at least 4% of population over 45 have chronic heart failure in Australia (Field 2003, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Incidence statistics about Heart failure: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Heart failure:

  • Estimated 30,000 new cases of chronic heart failure annually in Australia (Field 2003, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Heart Failure: NHLBI

Last revision: May 29, 2003

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