Hospitalizations due to heart failure fell 29.5% nationally, from 2,845 to 2,007 per 100,000 person-years from 1998 to 2008, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers believe the drop, which is the first ever reported in the U.S., has saved $4.1 billion in Medicare costs. The study failed to explain the decline, but researchers suggested some contributing factors, including lower incidence of heart failure risk factors.
Hospitalization rates for heart failure fall 29.5%
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