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|Title:||Socioeconomic status and heart failure in Sydney|
|Citation:||Heart, Lung and Circulation, 2014; 23(4):320-324|
|Glenn R. Close, Phillip J. Newton, Simon C. Fung, A. Robert Denniss, Elizabeth J. Halcomb, Pramesh Kovoor, Simon Stewart, Patricia M. Davidson|
|Abstract:||BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with an increased risk of developing heart failure and with inferior health outcomes following diagnosis. METHODS: Data for hospitalisations and deaths due to heart failure in the Sydney metropolitan region were extracted from New South Wales hospital records and Australian Bureau of Statistics databases for 1999-2003. Standardised rates were analysed according to patients' residential local government area and correlated with an index of socioeconomic disadvantage. RESULTS: Eight of the 13 local government areas with standardised separation rate ratios significantly higher than all NSW, and those with the six highest standardised separation rate ratios, were in Greater Western Sydney. Rates of heart failure hospitalisations per local government area were inversely correlated with level of socioeconomic status. CONCLUSIONS: Higher rates of heart failure hospitalisations among residents of socioeconomically disadvantaged regions within Sydney highlight the need for strategies to lessen the impact of disadvantage and strategies to improve cardiovascular health.|
|Keywords:||Socioeconomic factors; Health status; Heart disparities; Heart failure; Sydney; Australia|
|Description:||Online published-ahead-of-print 27 November 2013|
|Rights:||© 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc on behalf of Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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