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Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 — The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.
Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found.
At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed. By 2013, the hospitalization rate for Hispanic adults was just 6 percent higher than for whites — down from a 45 percent difference in 2002.
On the other hand, hospitalizations for heart failure remained stubbornly high among black Americans.
Over 5 million Americans have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. It’s a chronic disease in which the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body’s…
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