Congestive Heart Failure
About 5 million people in the United States have some form of heart failure, and nearly 550,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The risk of developing heart failure increases with age, and it is estimated that one out of every 10 people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with heart failure. Today, heart failure is the single most frequent cause of hospitalization in people over the age of 65. Heart failure accounts for anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of all hospital admissions.