Heart failure hospitalizations decreased 30% in a decade, a Yale University study found, and experts said it was partly due to healthier hearts and reduced risk factors such as high blood pressure. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said that the disease remains a challenge for some population segments, but hospitals such as Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago give heart failure patients extra help to ensure they understand their diagnosis and use follow-up contact from nurses to reduce readmissions.

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