DRG Epidemiology’s coverage of acute heart failure (AHF) comprises epidemiological estimates of key patient populations in 45 countries worldwide. We report the diagnosed incidence of AHF hospitalizations for each country, as well as annualized event counts projected to the national population.

Most patient populations are forecast over a period of 20 years for the major mature pharmaceutical markets of the United States, Europe, and Japan and 10 years for the other countries covered in this report.

DRG Epidemiology’s AHF forecast will answer the following questions:

  • How will demographic trends, such as population aging and improving life expectancy, affect the epidemiology of AHF over the forecast period?

All forecast data are available on the DRG Insights Platform in tabular format, with options to download to MS Excel. All populations are accompanied by a comprehensive description of the methods and data sources used, with hyperlinks to external sources. A summary evidence table generated as part of our systematic review of the epidemiological literature is also provided for full transparency into research and methods. In addition, we provide a graph of the patient flow between or within different disease states for the countries considered in this report. These patient-flow diagrams are provided at the regional level but may be requested for any specific country or forecast year.

In total, DRG Epidemiology forecasts the following AHF patient population:

  • Diagnosed events of AHF.

Note: Coverage may vary by country.

Table of contents

  • Acute Heart Failure - Epidemiology - Emerging Markets
    • Introduction
      • Key Updates
      • Event Rate of Acute Heart Failure Hospitalizations per 1,000 People Aged 20+ in 2019 and 2029
      • Relative Sizes of the Contributing Factors to the Trend in AHF Events over the Next Ten Years
    • Epidemiology Data
    • Methods
      • Diagnosed Events
      • Drug-Treated Events
    • Reference Materials
      • Literature Review
        • Studies Included in the Analysis of Acute Heart Failure
      • Risk/Protective Factors
        • Risk/Protective Factors for Acute Heart Failure
      • Bibliography

Author(s): Sunali D. Goonesekera, SM

Sunali Goonesekera is an Associate Epidemiologist at Decision Resources Group.

Sunali holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. in Biology (Honors) from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Decision Resources Group, Sunali conducted epidemiological research and lead authored two manuscripts on racial/ethnic disparities in metabolic diseases at the New England Research Institutes. She has contributed to multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals in epidemiology and in the biological sciences.


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