2021 ACC/AHA Key Data Elements and Definitions for Heart Failure

Published: March 23, 2021

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  • Approximately 6.2 million persons 20 years of age or older in the United States have HF, with approximately 1 million new HF cases diagnosed annually, and the prevalence continues to rise.
  • Heart failure is the primary diagnosis in over 1 million hospitalizations annually, and the total cost of HF care in the United States exceeds $30 billion annually.
  • This report provides consensus-based key data elements and definitions for databases capturing information about heart failure.