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Heart failure readmission

Arjun K Venkatesh, Changqin Wang, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha Altaf, Susannah M Bernheim, Leora Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); however, the implications of emergency department (ED) visits following hospital discharge on readmissions are uncertain. We describe the frequency, diagnoses, and hospital-level variation in ED visitation following hospital discharge, including the relationship between risk-standardized ED visitation and readmission rates. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, and pneumonia between July 2011 and June 2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
David M Tehrani, Daniel Rodgers, Sirtaz Adatya, Nitasha Sarswat, Jayant Raikhelkar, Gene H Kim, Gabriel Sayer, Nir Uriel
We aim to evaluate the echocardiographic/hemodynamic effects of left ventricular assist devices in African American (AA) versus non-AA patients undergoing ramp speed optimization and its subsequent effect on readmissions. In 65 patients (26 AA), no differences in baseline echocardiographic/hemodynamic parameters were noted. During ramp testing, there was a significantly greater increase in cardiac output (slope: 0.29 ± 0.24 vs. 0.15 ± 0.12, p < 0.01) with more rapid decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (slope: -0...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Raza M Alvi, Noor Tariq, Atul Malhotra, Magid Awadalla, Virginia Triant, Markella V Zanni, Tomas G Neilan
Background: Sleep apnea (SA) is common and has prognostic significance among broad groups of patients with heart failure (HF). Among persons living with HIV (PLHIV), both SA and HF are reported. However, there are no data characterizing the presence, associations and prognostic significance of SA among PLHIV with HF. Methods: We conducted a single center study of PLHIV admitted with HFrEF (LVEF of <50%) and analyzed the relationship of SA with 30-day HF hospital readmission rate, cardiovascular (CV) and all-cause mortality...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Rocco Friebel, Katharina Hauck, Paul Aylin, Adam Steventon
OBJECTIVE: To assess trends in 30-day emergency readmission rates across England over one decade. DESIGN: Retrospective study design. SETTING: 150 non-specialist hospital trusts in England. PARTICIPANTS: 23 069 134 patients above 18 years of age who were readmitted following an initial admission (n=62 584 297) between April 2006 and February 2016. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOMES: We examined emergency admissions that occurred within 30 days of discharge from hospital ('emergency readmissions') as a measure of healthcare quality...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Maxwell Eyram Afari, Wajih Syed, Lana Tsao
Heart failure (HF), the cardiovascular epidemic of the twenty-first century, is associated with significant comorbidities and high mortality. The prevalence of HF is estimated around 6.5 million people and is expected to increase to 8 million by the year 2030. The associated costs to care for these patients continue to increase. Despite the advancement of pharmacologic therapy with significant improvement in morbidity and mortality, the 5-year survival for heart failure still stands at 61%. The challenges faced by HF patients include difficulty with lifestyle modifications, nonadherence to complex medical regimens, financial limitations, lack of access to medical care, and unfavorable side effects...
March 10, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Sahil Agrawal, Lohit Garg, Mahek Shah, Manyoo Agarwal, Brijesh Patel, Amitoj Singh, Aakash Garg, Ulrich P Jorde, Navin K Kapur
BACKGROUND: Early readmissions contribute significantly to heart failure-related morbidity and negatively affect quality of life. Data on left ventricular assist device (LVAD)-related 30-day readmissions are scarce and limited to small studies. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients undergoing LVAD implantation between January 2013 and November 2014 who survived the index hospitalization were identified in the Nationwide Readmissions Database. We analyzed the incidence, predictors, causes, and costs of 30-day readmissions...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Mohammed S Al-Omary, Allan J Davies, Tiffany-Jane Evans, Bruce Bastian, Peter J Fletcher, John Attia, Andrew J Boyle
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a common, costly condition with an increasing burden on Australian health care system resources. Knowledge of the burden of HF on patients and on the health system is important for resource allocation. This study is the first systematic review to estimate the mortality and readmission rates after hospitalisation for HF in the Australian population. METHODS: We searched for studies of HF hospitalisation in Australia published between January 1990 and May 2016, using a systematic search of PubMed, Medline, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase and Cochrane Library databases...
February 5, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Michael Goldfarb, Lior Bibas, L Kristin Newby, Timothy D Henry, Jason Katz, Sean van Diepen, Bojan Cercek
BACKGROUND: Quality indicators (QIs) are increasingly used in cardiovascular care as measures of performance but there is currently no consensus on indicators for the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CICU). METHODS: We searched Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, and COCHRANE databases from inception until October 2016 and websites for organizations involved in quality measurement for QIs relevant to cardiovascular disease in an intensive or critical care setting. We surveyed 14 expert cardiac intensivist-administrators (7 European; 7 North American) on the importance and relevance of each indicator as a measure of CICU care quality using a scale of 1 (=lowest) to 10 (=highest)...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jessica O'Brien, Akshat Saxena, Christopher M Reid, Lavinia Tran, Robert Baker, Andrew Newcomb, Julian Smith, Molla M Huq, Stephen J Duffy
BACKGROUND: Indigenous Australians have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and co-morbidities compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. AIMS: We sought to evaluate whether Indigenous status per se portends a worse prognosis following isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS: The outcomes of 778 Indigenous Australians (55±10 years; 32% female) enrolled in the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons registry were compared to 36,124 non-Indigenous Australians (66±10 years; 21% female) following isolated CABG...
March 7, 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Karine Luz Londoño, Francesc Formiga, David Chivite, Rafael Moreno-Gonzalez, Margherita Migone De Amicis, Xavier Corbella
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a frequent comorbidity in heart failure (HF) patients. Whether a prior COPD diagnosis influences patients' prognosis in early stages of HF is unknown. We reviewed patients > 50 years old admitted because of a first episode of acute HF. We divided the sample into two groups according to the existence of a prior diagnosis of COPD. We used regression analysis to identify the baseline patients' characteristics associated with the presence of COPD, and Cox mortality analysis to identify baseline and discharge data related to higher risk of a combined outcome of 1-year all-cause readmission or mortality...
March 6, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Vidagay Baky, Dane Moran, Tessa Warwick, Alice George, Tammy Williams, Eric McWilliams, Joseph E Marine
BACKGROUND: Cardiac patients have a high risk of readmission following hospital discharge. The aim of our project was to examine the factors associated with increased readmission rate, with a view to eventually decrease the rate of readmission for patients admitted to the hospital due to acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or heart failure. METHODS: Patients admitted to the cardiac step-down unit at a single private hospital from 2015 to 2016 were included in our study...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
A Gigante, E Rosato, B Barbano, F Di Mario, G Di Lazzaro-Giraldi, M L Gasperini, R Pofi, A Laviano
Cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) describes the concurrent failure of cardiac and renal function, each influencing the other. Malnutrition and cachexia frequently develop in patients with heart failure or kidney failure. However, no information is currently available on the prevalence of malnutrition in CRS patients. We studied CRS patients admitted to an internal medicine ward during a 5-month period and evaluated their clinical characteristics and nutritional status. Malnutrition risk was assessed by using the validated screening tool NRS-2002 whilst body composition was assessed by bioimpedance analysis and muscle function was measured by handgrip (HG) strength...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Fenton H McCarthy, Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Zhuokai Li, Vinod Thourani, Roland A Matsouaka, Nimesh D Desai, Ajay Kirtane, Saif Anwaruddin, Matthew L Williams, Jay Giri, Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Robert H Li, Howard C Herrmann, Joseph E Bavaria, Wilson Y Szeto
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) severity with outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: We analyzed data from 34,576 patients who underwent TAVR at 365 US hospitals from November 2011 through March 2015 submitted to The Society of Thoracic Surgeon/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry. We examined unadjusted mortality and heart failure readmission stratified by degree of preoperative TR and used multivariable models for 1-year mortality and heart failure readmission...
March 2, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Danny Epstein, Roni Nasser, Tanya Mashiach, Zaher S Azzam, Gidon Berger
BACKGROUND: Acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) is one of the leading causes for hospitalization and readmission in developed countries. No laboratory indices were consistently found to be associated with readmission risk. Recent evidence attests that red blood cell distribution width (RDW), conveys important information for short and long term prognosis in a variety of medical conditions. Prognostic usefulness of RDW in patients with AECOPD has not been investigated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of RDW in predicting early adverse outcomes in patients hospitalized due to AECOPD...
March 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Robert E Burke, Edward Hess, Anna E Barón, Cari Levy, Jacques D Donzé
OBJECTIVES: To derive a risk prediction score for potential adverse outcomes in older adults transitioning to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) from the hospital. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2003-11). PARTICIPANTS: Previously community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized and discharged to SNF for postacute care (N=2,043). MEASUREMENTS: Risk factors included demographic characteristics, comorbidities, health status, hospital length of stay, prior SNF stays, SNF size and ownership, treatments received, physical function, and active signs or symptoms at time of SNF admission...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Abigail M Gasper, Kathy Magdic, Dianxu Ren, Laura Fennimore
Heart failure is a significant burden to the healthcare system. Approximately 5.7 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with heart failure between 2009 and 2012 (). The American Heart Association projects that direct costs for heart failure may be as high as $77.7 billion by 2030 (). Technological and pharmaceutical advancements have delayed the progression of the disease; however, it is predicted that close to half of individuals with heart failure will die within 5 years of the initial diagnosis (; )...
March 2018: Home Healthcare Now
Cristina Domingo, Fernando Aros, Agurtzane Otxandategi, Idoia Beistegui, Ariadna Besga, Pedro María Latorre
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of the ProMIC, multidisciplinary program for patients admitted at hospital because of heart failure (HF) programme, in reducing the HF-related readmission rate. DESING: Quasi-experimental research with control group. SETTINGS: Twelve primary health care centres and 3 hospitals from the Basque Country. PARTICIPANTS: Aged 40 years old or above patients admitted for HF with a New York Heart Association functional class II to IV...
February 26, 2018: Atencion Primaria
Jin Jun, Kenneth M Faulkner
AIM: The aim of this paper is to review the current literature on hospital nursing factors associated with 30-day readmission rates of patients with HF. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a common, yet debilitating chronic illness with high mortality and morbidity. One in five patients with heart failure will experience unplanned readmission to a hospital within 30 days. Given the significance of heart failure to individuals, families, and healthcare system, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made reducing 30-day readmission rates a priority...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Sarah L Anderson, Joel C Marrs
This article reviews current literature on the role of pharmacists in the transition of care (TOC) for patients with heart failure (HF) and the impact of their contributions on therapeutic and economic outcomes. Optimizing the TOC for patients with HF from the hospital to the community/home is crucial for improving outcomes and decreasing high rates of hospital readmissions, which are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs. A multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients with HF facilitates the transition from the hospital to the ambulatory care setting, allowing for the consideration of medical, pharmacological, and lifestyle variables that impact the care of individual patients...
February 27, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Cristina Pacho, Mar Domingo, Raquel Núñez, Josep Lupón, Emili Vela, Antoni Bayes-Genis
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February 23, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
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