Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF): A comprehensive contemporary review on preventing early readmissions and postdischarge death.
Int J Cardiol. 2016 Aug 3;223:1035-1044
Authors: Rocha BM, Menezes Falcão L
Heart failure (HF) is an increasingly prevalent syndrome and a leading cause of both first hospitalization and readmissions. Strikingly, up to 25% of the patients are readmitted within 30 to 60-days, accounting for HF as the primary cause for readmission in the adult population. Given its poor prognosis, one could describe it as a "malignant condition". Acute decompensation is intrinsically related to increased right heart tele-diastolic pressures and often related to congestive symptoms. In-hospital strategies to adequately compensate and timely discharge patients are limited. Conversely, the fragile early postdischarge phase is a vulnerable period when one could potentially intervene cost-effectively to improve survival and to reduce morbidity. Promising transitional hospital-to-home programs may have a broader role in the near future, namely for selected higher risk patients. However, identifying patients at risk for hospital readmission has been challenging. Novel approaches, such as ferric carboxymaltose and valsartan/sacubitril, and reemerging drugs, particularly digoxin, may reduce hospitalizations. Despite this, optimizing the use of "older" therapies is still warranted. Right heart pressures monitoring may provide novel insights into promptly outpatient management. Unfortunately, randomized trials in the specific ADHF population are scarce. A novel paradigmatic approach is needed in order to suitably improve the currently poor prognosis of ADHF. Both improving survival and reducing hospitalizations are, therefore, primordial therapy goals. Lastly, no single drug has consistently proved to improve survival in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF); yet, some approaches may efficiently reduce hospitalizations. Awareness on HFpEF management beyond the failing heart is imperative.
PMID: 27592046 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]