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Revista argentina de cardiología

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FAIRMAN, ENRIQUE B. et al. Decompensated Heart Failure. What Are We Talking About?. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2018, vol.86, n.5, pp.65-67. ISSN 1850-3748.

The aim of this study was to know the problematic posed by a significant range of patients hospitalized for heart failure in private urban centers which do not receive patients referred with end-stage disease. Baseline characteristics and outcome of 865 consecutive elderly patients hospitalized due to heart failure were analyzed in two of the above-mentioned centers. Mean age was 81 years and 48% were women. Heart failure was of coronary etiology in 25.5% of cases and chagasic in 0.4%, and 78% of patients were hypertensive. Average comorbidities were 3 per patient. Half of the patients had preserved systolic function. Systolic blood pressure on admission was 145 mmHg and ≥ 170 mmHg in 25% of cases. Average hospital stay was 6 days and in-hospital mortality 6.13%. The one-year evolution of these patients is a matter of great concern, with 70% of readmissions and 40.12% mortality. It should be pointed out that half of the post discharge deaths were not due to heart failure.

Palabras clave : Heart Failure - Follow-Up Studies.

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