Congestive heart failure tied to nursing home use

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An increasing number of people will need nursing home care after suffering disabilities caused by congestive heart failure, according to a new study.

The study, from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, found that people with CHF experienced a much higher rate of disability than those without the condition. More and more people have been surviving heart attacks in recent decades.

The study is based on data collected in 2000 by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. It sampled the responses of 10,626 people aged 65 and over.

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