Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Care of Patients With Heart Failure

Published: March 30, 2020

Senior man sitting and looking at his medication despondently.
  • Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome that affects over 6.5 million Americans, with an estimated 550,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
  • The complexity of HF management is compounded by the number of patients who experience adverse downstream effects of the social determinants of health (SDOH).
  • This statement addresses how specific SDOH,  including socioeconomic position, access to care, environment, race, ethnicity, gender, age, social support and health literacy, and interventions affects the care of  HF patients.