Iron deficiency in heart failure patients contributes to poor outcomes

June 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Patients admitted with acute heart failure who exhibit iron deficiency (ID) tend to have a longer and more expensive hospital stay and a greater likelihood of readmission, according to analysis of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) in England presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester.   The research, which looked at data over three consecutive years, showed that 14 per cent of patients with heart failure also had ID as a secondary diagnosis, and that hospital spells for these patients were significantly more costly than those without ID.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation                

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Can a value-based approach help deliver the ambitious aims of the NHS cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy?

March 12, 2014

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell:In this article, the authors suggest a new approach for thinking about the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). They describe the concept of an integrated circulation service for patients with CVD, and look at the challenges and implications involved. They also examine whether there is any evidence that this outcomes and value-based system would deliver improved outcomes at a reduced cost.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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