Hospitalization for worsening chronic heart failure.

Leonardo De Luca*, Mihai Gheorghiade

*Corresponding author for this work

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The total number of admissions for heart failure (HF) in the United States is approaching 1 million/year. HF is the number one volume diagnosis in the Medicare health system. Readmission rates are as high as 30 to 60% within 3 to 6 months after discharge even in patients without renal failure, low blood pressure or significant arrhythmias. Patients admitted with HF can be classified into three categories: new-onset HF (5% of total admissions), end-stage or refractory HF (5%), and worsening chronic HF (90%). This review will focus on the epidemiology, prognosis, pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of patients hospitalized for worsening chronic HF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55S-62S
JournalItalian heart journal : official journal of the Italian Federation of Cardiology
Volume5 Suppl 6
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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