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Cause of increase in heart failure deaths investigated

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A recent study published in JAMA Cardiology has revealed a concerning trend in heart failure mortality rates in the United States. The study found that the current mortality rate from heart failure is 3% higher than it was 25 years ago, reversing years of progress in reducing the death rate from this condition.

The study, which analyzed data from death certificates, showed that the mortality rate fell significantly from 1999 to 2009 before plateauing for a few years and then sharply increasing from 2012 to 2019. The trend accelerated during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.

The increase in heart failure deaths was most marked among younger Americans, with a ninefold rise in deaths among those younger than 45 and a fourfold increase among those aged 45-64. This rise is believed to be related to the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes among young adults, which are known risk factors for heart failure.

Experts have also pointed to comorbidities such as kidney disease as contributing factors to the increase in heart failure deaths. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the trend by increasing the chances of patients developing heart failure and worsening health disparities related to race and income level.

Despite efforts to improve heart failure care, including Medicare incentives, experts agree that more needs to be done to address the rising mortality rate. The inability to control obesity and diabetes, as well as limitations in access to care and the quality of health care, have been cited as contributing factors to the reversal of the heart failure mortality trend.

In conclusion, the increase in heart failure mortality rates in the United States is a concerning trend that requires urgent attention and action from policymakers, healthcare providers, and individuals to reverse the current trajectory and improve outcomes for those affected by this condition.

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