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Heart failure mortality

Heart failure (HF) is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The heart continues to work, but not as efficiently as it should, which causes symptoms including fatigue, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the legs and feet.

Heart failure is a progressive, chronic illness that can reduce life expectancy.

About this measure

Mortality rate is a measure of the number of people who die within a period of time. The graph above shows a trend of the rate of patients with a primary diagnosis of HF who died. 

The source of data for NMH is Vizient. The source of benchmark data is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.