Insuficiência cardíaca em números: estimativas para o século XXI em Portugal

Translated title of the contribution: Heart failure in numbers: Estimates for the 21st century in Portugal

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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Heart failure is a major public health problem that affects a large number of individuals and is associated with high mortality and morbidity. This study aims to estimate the probable scenario for HF prevalence and its consequences in the short-, medium- and long-term in Portugal.

METHODS: This assessment is based on the EPICA (Epidemiology of Heart Failure and Learning) project, which was designed to estimate the prevalence of chronic heart failure in mainland Portugal in 1998. Estimates of heart failure prevalence were performed for individuals aged over 25 years, distributed by age group and gender, based on data from the 2011 Census by Statistics Portugal.

RESULTS: The expected demographic changes, particularly the marked aging of the population, mean that a large number of Portuguese will likely be affected by this syndrome. Assuming that current clinical practices are maintained, the prevalence of heart failure in mainland Portugal will increase by 30% by 2035 and by 33% by 2060, compared to 2011, resulting in 479 921 and 494 191 affected individuals, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: In addition to the large number of heart failure patients expected, it is estimated that the hospitalizations and mortality associated with this syndrome will significantly increase its economic impact. Therefore, it is extremely important to raise awareness of this syndrome, as this will favor diagnosis and early referral of patients, facilitating better management of heart failure and helping to decrease the burden it imposes on Portugal.

Translated title of the contributionHeart failure in numbers: Estimates for the 21st century in Portugal
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Cardiologia
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • 21st century
  • Burden
  • Epidemiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Portugal


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