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Age-Adjusted ER Rate due to Heart Failure

This indicator shows the average annual age-adjusted emergency room visit rate due to non-hypertensive heart failure, including rheumatic heart failure, per 10,000 population aged 18 years and older.

Age-Adjusted ER Rate due to Heart Failure

Comparison: FL Counties 


ER visits/10,000 population 18+ years
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

Region: Tampa Bay

Located in: State: Florida

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Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 66 Florida counties.
Rates were calculated using population figures from the 2010 U.S. Census. Rates based on fewer than 10 ER visits are unstable and are not reported. Rates for zip codes with a population of less than 300 are not reported.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2013
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Why is this important?

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. This can result from a variety of conditions including coronary artery disease, diabetes, past heart attack, hypertension, heart infections, diseases of the heart valves or muscle, and congenital heart defects. Because the heart is not able to work efficiently, blood backs up in the tissues causing edema or swelling. Edema can occur in the legs and ankles as well as in the lungs, where it causes shortness of breath, especially while lying down. Around 5 million people in the United States have heart failure, and more than 287,000 people in the United States die each year with the disease. The estimated direct cost for heart failure in the U.S. in 2006 was $29.6 billion. According to the National Hospital Discharge Survey, hospitalizations for heart failure have increased from 402,000 in 1979 to 1,101,000 in 2004.

Age-Adjusted ER Rate due to Heart Failure : Time Series

2007-2009: 2.6 2008-2010: 3.0 2009-2011: 3.1 2010-2012: 3.2

ER visits/10,000 population 18+ years

Indicates a change in methodology
2010-2012  Due to a change in methodology, the 2010-2012 data should be considered a baseline year for data analysis and is not directly comparable to previous years.

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