Study Finds Heart Failure Survival Rates Improving
October 31, 2002

A study finds that the risk of dying after developing heart failure has fallen about one-third since the 1950's.

The research is the first population-based evidence that people are living longer with the disease.

Heart failure occurs when a weakened heart cannot pump blood efficiently through the body. It mostly afflicts the elderly and is thought to be on the rise because of the aging of the population.

Researchers analyzed five decades of data from the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts. The director of the study says advances in drugs and treatments probably account for the improvement.

The study is in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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