Fast Five Quiz: Causes of Heart Failure

Yasmine S. Ali, MD

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January 05, 2022

Figure 1. Chest radiograph showing congestive heart failure in an elderly man with anemia.

In a recent case-control study in the United States, the conditions with the largest attributable risks for heart failure were arrhythmia (48.7%), coronary artery disease (33.9%), and hypertension (28.4%). When combined, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and hypertension had an attributable risk of 73%, meaning that if these conditions can be assumed to be causal, 73% of heart failure cases would be avoided if all three conditions were eliminated from the population.

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