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Congestive Heart Failure: Causes of Sudden Worsening

2014-08-27 03:15:24 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of the study is to recognize main causes of acute decompensation of chronic congestive heart failure.

Description

Congestive heart failure (CHF) presents a very significant cause of morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of CHF is between 2 and 4% and rises with age (in 70- to 80-year-old people is between 10 and 20%). CHF is the cause of 5% of all acute hospital admissions and accounts for 2% of expenses on health. The most common causes of worsening of the chronic CHF are ischemia, arrhythmias, valvular dysfunction, systemic or pulmonary hypertension, volume overload or fluid retention, high output conditions (infection, anemia, thyrotoxicosis), drugs (NSAIDs, cyclo-oxygenase (COX) inhibitors, thiazolidinediones) and medication nonadherence. The goal of this study is to determine the proportion of various reasons of acute worsening of CHF, using commonly available methods including assessment of serum drug levels.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

Conditions

Congestive Heart Failure

Location

University Hospital Hradec Kralove
Hradec Kralove
Czech Republic
50005

Status

Recruiting

Source

University Hospital Hradec Kralove

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:24-0400

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