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Measuring shortness of breath in heart failure (SOB-HF): development and validation of a new dyspnoea assessment tool.
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PMID:  21791539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Aim To validate a previously developed instrument for measurement of breathlessness in patients with acute heart failure (HF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We tested descriptors of breathlessness among 190 patients seeking care at the emergency department (ED) for acute shortness of breath. Out of 115 patients with confirmed HF, 107 (94%) had dyspnoea as their main symptom. There were no significant differences between those patients with HF and those who were not diagnosed as heart failure (NHF) (n = 75) in the descriptors of breathlessness, although patients with HF scored significantly (P = 0.03) higher on a visual analogue scale (VAS). In addition, they had significantly (P = 0.03) higher breathing frequency than NHF patients and they were significantly (P < 0.001) more likely to be treated with >40 mg furosemide. CONCLUSION: Assessment of acute dyspnoea using a VAS is useful in distinguishing HF from NHF, and may be a more valid approach as compared with using descriptors of intensity of breathlessness in the acute setting.
Authors:
Inger Ekman; Bradi Granger; Karl Swedberg; Hans Stenlund; Kurt Boman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of heart failure     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1879-0844     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Heart Fail.     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100887595     Medline TA:  Eur J Heart Fail     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  838-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Box 457, SE 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.
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