According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term that includes multiple conditions. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmia, heart valve disease, pericardial disease, stroke, aortic aneurisms, to name a few.
Heart failure (HF) is the number one cause of death in the U.S. and affects more than 64 million people. The increasing incidence of HF in the US carries a significant disease burden, has a high economic impact, and increases healthcare resource use. Currently, the individual annual costs of care for patients with HF is over $30,000, primarily a result of exacerbation that require hospitalization. Estimates predict the costs of HF, the primary diagnosis in hospitalized U.S. patients 65 years and older, will exceed $70 billion by 2030.