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Health Literacy Important for Heart Failure Patient Survival

Medical Worker Medical Team

This article summarizes a new study from Vanderbilt University, where researchers followed 1,379 patients hospitalized for acute heart failure. After accounting for the patients’ age, gender, race, insurance, education, other medical conditions and hospital length of stay, the researchers found that those with low health literacy were over 30 percent more likely to die within two years after hospitalization than those who scored higher based on their self-reports.