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Thirst trajectory and factors associated with persistent thirst in patients with heart failure.
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PMID:  24951934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Thirst is often increased in patients with Heart Failure (HF) and can cause distress during the course of the condition. The aim of the present study is to describe the trajectory of thirst during an 18-month period and to identify variables associated with persistent thirst in patients with HF.
METHODS AND RESULTS: Data was collected in 649 patients with HF, using the Revised Heart Failure Compliance Scale at 1, 6, 12 and 18 months after a period of hospital treatment for worsening HF. Thirst trajectory was described for the four follow-up visits and logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors independently associated with persistent thirst. In total, 33% (n= 212) of the patients reported thirst on one or more occasions and 34% (n= 46) continued to have thirst at every follow-up visit. Nineteen percent of the patients (n=121) had persistent thirst. Patients with persistent thirst were more often younger, male and had more HF symptoms. Higher body mass index and serum urea also increased the risk of persistent thirst.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with HF who were thirsty at the 1-month follow-up were more often also thirsty at subsequent visits. Assessment of thirst is warranted in clinical practice as 1/5 of patients suffer from persistent thirst.
Nana Waldréus; Martje van der Wal; Robert G Hahn; Dirk J van Veldhuisen; Tiny Jaarsma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiac failure     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-8414     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Card. Fail.     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-6-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442138     Medline TA:  J Card Fail     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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