- •Sensitivity of self-reported HF was low.
- •Specificity of self-reported HF was high.
- •Agreement of self-reported HF with physician-diagnosed HF was poor.
- •Self-reports of HF are best confirmed by means of diagnostic tests or medical records.
- •There is a need of improved awareness and understanding of HF by patients.
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Funding: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is a collaborative study supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts HHSN268201100005C, HHSN268201100006C, HHSN268201100007C, HHSN268201100008C, HHSN268201100009C, HHSN268201100010C, HHSN268201100011C, and HHSN268201100012C. RC was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Graduate Research Supplement Diversity Supplement (HHSN268201100007C).