The number of hospitalizations for heart failure is about the same as for acute myocardial infarction.
Our knowledge over acute heart failure patients treated at hospitals for heart failure is based on surveys. In Europe the information is still scarce but emerging especially through the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Euroheart survey program.
In the Euroheart Heart Failure I survey performed in 2000, which collected information from 10701 patients treated by heart failure medication particularly diuretics on emergency basis and onward found out that 47% of the patients were females and 51% of them were over 75 years old. In male subjects, 30% were older than 75 years. As stated, the number of hospitalizations for heart failure is about the same as for acute myocardial infarction and moreover 30% of acute coronary syndrome patients have mild or severe heart failure.
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