CHF Leads to Greater Disability, Nursing Home Admissions Among Older Adults

Monday, January 14th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

A new study from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System sheds light on the degree of disability among people with congestive heart failure (CHF), as well as the implications for the healthcare system, community care facilities, families and the patients themselves.

The study found that:

People with CHF were much more likely to receive informal (unpaid) home care from a relative or another unpaid person (42 percent) than people with coronary heart disease but no CHF (18 percent) and people without heart disease (11 percent).

An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently have CHF, according to the American Heart Association. Within six years of having a heart attack, about 22 percent of men and 46 percent of women will be disabled with CHF

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