Tag: heart failure


Long-Term Outcomes of 30-Day All-Cause Heart Failure Rehospitalization

Key Takeaways Heart failure rehospitalization is common among patients aged ≥65 years and represents a serious threat to both health- and economic-related outcomes. Patients with heart failure who were readmitted within 30 days of initial hospitalization experienced greater mortality, longer length of stay, and higher care costs than non-readmitted patients. Outcomes Associated with Readmitted HF … Continue reading “Long-Term Outcomes of 30-Day All-Cause Heart Failure Rehospitalization”

Ischemic CAD Testing Underutilized in New Heart Failure Patients

Written by Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH

Ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) testing appears to be significantly underused in patients newly diagnosed with heart failure (HF) at both initial hospitalization and within a 90 day follow-up period, according to a new retrospective cohort study of 67,161 patients.Dr. Doshi from Columbia University Medical Center and colleagues reported their findings in the August 2016 edition of the Journal of The American College of Cardiology. “The principle finding of this analysis was that almost three-quarters of patients with new-onset HF did not receive any ischemic CAD testing within 90 days of index admission,” the authors commented. The percentage of patients with known CAD in this study population (53.7%) combined with the poor outcomes of concomitant CAD and HF underscore the importance of the problem, according to the researchers.

Results

Patients with a diagnosis of new-onset HF as the primary diagnosis with at least a 90-day continuous follow-up were taken from the Truven MarketScan and Medicare Supplemental databases (n = 67,161) from 2010 to 2014. Continue readingIschemic CAD Testing Underutilized in New Heart Failure Patients