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“Worsening heart failure is a clinical event occurring during an admission for acute heart failure defined as worsening of the symptoms and signs that brought the patient to the hospital requiring additional intravenous or mechanical therapy,” said Beth Davison, lead author on the RELAX-AHF study and vice president of Momentum Research Inc. “It prolongs the hospital stay and is associated with increased risk for heart failure readmission within 2 months and death within 6 months. Preventing this early event would not only reduce the patient’s suffering during the admission but possibly also reduce its longer-term consequences.”
“Because WHF is associated with more adverse outcome physicians should monitor closely patients who develop WHF during admission,” said Dr. Davison. “As suggested by the results of the RELAX-AHF study, future therapy may reduce the occurrence of WHF and some of its downstream effects.”
About the European Society of CardiologyThe European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 80 000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.About the Heart Failure Association (HFA)The Heart Failure Association (HFA) is a registered branch of the ESC. Its aim is to improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.For practical information about heart failure aimed at patients, families and caregivers, visit the HFA’s Heart Failure Matters website. Did you want to tweet about our congress? - if you do, please use the official #heartfailure2014 hashtag! Thank youInformation for journalists attending Heart Failure 2014
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Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
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