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AUDIO: Dr. Bove On Congestive Heart Failure & The Heart Getting Stiffer

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Does congestive heart failure have something to do with the heart being unable to pump enough oxygen rich blood through the body?

Dr. Alfred Bove:
Yes, let me prefix my comments with the fact that these are my personal comments and don't represent anything from the American College of Cardiology. So, heart failure is a very interesting area in cardiology because it's a disease of older individuals and with the population aging and this thing we call 'the baby boomer' upon us with large numbers of people reaching age 65 and above, the amount of patients of heart failure is increasing pretty substantially and some people estimate that there'll be an increase in 10 percent of patients per year with heart failure.

Over four million people now have heart failure, so it's a very important issue and a very big issue.

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