According to a new report from the American Heart Association, heart failure rates are going up in the United States.
The same report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from heart disease is heading down.
In the report released Thursday, the AHA said the number of American adults with heart failure rose by 800,000 over five years. According to UPI, heart failure is a condition in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body.
Eight million Americans are expected to have heart failure by the year 2030. Reasons for the rising number of Americans with heart failure include an aging population and a growing number of heart attack survivors, who are at increased risk for heart failure.
Further, individuals who live in rural communities, have less education, have lower incomes, and are ethnic or racial minorities have an undue burden of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.