How does heart failure affect quality of life?

Heart Failure Patients and Disability

A group of researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System studied the degree of disability among heart failure patients. Their study, based on responses from 10,626 survey respondents 65 years of age and older, has important implications for heart failure patients and their families and the health care system in this country.

The study authors reported that, compared to people either with or without coronary heart disease, heart failure patients were: