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Heart failure hospitalizations up sharply

HealthDay/Washington Post, November 10, 2008
Hospitalization rates for heart failure among older Americans have increased dramatically in the past three decades, an epidemic that represents a mounting burden on the healthcare system, according to a Drexel University study. In 2006, an estimated 807,082 men and women over 65 were hospitalized for heart failure, up from 348,866 in 1980, a 131% increase. The trend is likely to get worse as the U.S. population continues to age, the study authors said.