Socioeconomic Inequalities in Heart Failure.
Heart Fail Clin. 2015 Oct;11(4):507-13
Authors: Díaz-Toro F, Verdejo HE, Castro PF
Prevalence and incidence of chronic heart failure (CHF) has increased during the past decades. Beyond its impact on mortality rates, CHF severely impairs quality of life, particularly with the elderly and vulnerable population. Several studies have shown that CHF takes its toll mostly on the uneducated, low-income population, who exhibit impaired access to health care systems, less knowledge regarding its pathology and poorer self-care behaviors. This review summarizes the available evidence linking socioeconomic inequalities and CHF, focusing on the modifiable factors that may explain the impaired health outcomes in socioeconomically deprived populations.
PMID: 26462090 [PubMed - in process]