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White Paper: The Value of the Home Health Solution for CHF and COPD

The white paper explains how congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are two of the most serious chronic health conditions affecting the rapidly growing population of older Americans.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition and half have at least two. More than 75% of healthcare costs are due to chronic conditions.

According to the CDC, diseases of the heart are the leading cause of death in the country, while chronic lower respiratory diseases are ranked fourth.

It states CHF is a common clinical condition that represents the last stage of a number of diseases affecting the structure and function of the heart, while COPD can cause coughing which produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms.

The paper concludes saying home health clinical teams, under directives from physicians, are able to help patients manage these conditions effectively at home, avoid unnecessary hospitalisations and save money for Medicare and other insurers.

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