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Acute decompensated heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18629381     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute decompensated heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization for patients older than 65 years of age. Although treatment of this condition has improved over the past two decades, the specific approach to patients in the acute setting has not evolved in the same way. A patient facing acute decompensation is experiencing a serious medical condition that is associated with a poor prognosis. In addition, acute decompensated heart failure results in significant costs to the health care system. Significant morbidity and mortality are associated with patients who are readmitted within a year of the first hospitalization. Because of this important problem, further research on improving the prognosis for this condition is warranted. The present article will focus on the risk factors associated with acute decompensation and the importance of this condition, both on prognosis and economics.
Serge Lepage
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Canadian journal of cardiology     Volume:  24 Suppl B     ISSN:  1916-7075     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Cardiol     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-16     Completed Date:  2008-11-17     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510280     Medline TA:  Can J Cardiol     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6B-8B     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiology Division, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Canada / epidemiology
Cardiotonic Agents / therapeutic use
Diuretics / therapeutic use
Drug Therapy, Combination
Heart Failure / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  epidemiology*
Hospital Costs*
Hospitalization / economics,  statistics & numerical data
Natriuretic Peptide, Brain / therapeutic use
Patient Readmission / economics,  statistics & numerical data
Risk Assessment
Severity of Illness Index
Sex Distribution
Survival Analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cardiotonic Agents; 0/Diuretics; 114471-18-0/Natriuretic Peptide, Brain

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