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      Echocardiographic predictors of worsening renal function in acute heart failure: observations from the RASHF registry

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          Echocardiography is known as the most useful diagnostic test in the assessment of patients with heart failure (HF), and the prognostic significance of echocardiographic findings in HF is well known. In this report, we aim to present the prognostic significance of a limited set of echocardiographic parameters obtained within 24 h of admission of patients enrolled in the Rajaie Acute Systolic Heart Failure registry.

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          A total of 230 patients with the diagnosis of acute systolic HF (left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 35%) were enrolled into the study. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed for all study population within 24 h of admission. The primary endpoint of the study was the occurrence of worsening renal function (WRF) during the hospitalization course.Acquiring data of transthoracic echocardiography within 24 h of admission was feasible in all study participants. The median (inter‐quartile range) of left ventricular ejection fraction was 20% (15–23%). Severe right ventricular dysfunction was observed in 21.5% of patients. The grade of inferior vena cava collapse and right ventricular systolic dysfunction were associated with WRF. In multivariable analysis, right ventricular systolic dysfunction was among the independent predictors of WRF [ β = 0.8, P = 0.01, odds ratio (OR) = 2.4 (1.2–4.9)] and in‐hospital mortality [ β = 0.6, P = 0.04, OR = 1.5 (0.5–4.6)].


          Echocardiographic parameters are useful for baseline assessment and provide additional information besides other clinical variables for prognostication. Right ventricular dysfunction is the most important risk factor in developing WRF and in‐hospital mortality in patients with acute HF.

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          Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and worsening renal function (WRF) have been associated with poor outcome in heart failure (HF).
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            Is worsening renal function an ominous prognostic sign in patients with acute heart failure? The role of congestion and its interaction with renal function.

            Worsening renal function (WRF), traditionally defined as an increase in serum creatinine levels ≥0.3 mg/dL, is a frequent finding in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) and has been associated with poorer outcomes in some but not all studies. We hypothesized that these discrepancies may be caused by the interaction between WRF and congestion in AHF patients. We measured serum creatinine levels on a daily basis during the hospitalization and assessed the persistence of signs of congestion at discharge in 599 consecutive patients admitted at our institute for AHF. They had a postdischarge mortality and mortality or AHF readmission rates of 13% and 43%, respectively, after 1 year. Patients were subdivided into 4 groups according to the development or not of WRF and the persistence of ≥1 sign of congestion at discharge. Patients with WRF and no congestion had similar outcomes compared with those with no WRF and no congestion, whereas the risk of death or of death or AHF readmission was increased in the patients with persistent congestion alone and in those with both WRF and congestion (hazard ratio, 5.35; 95% confidence interval, 3.0-9.55 at univariable analysis; hazard ratio, 2.44; 95% confidence interval, 1.24-4.18 at multivariable analysis for mortality; hazard ratio, 2.14; 95% confidence interval, 1.39-3.3 at univariable analysis; and hazard ratio, 1.39; 95% confidence interval, 0.88-2.2 at multivariable analysis for mortality and rehospitalizations). WRF alone, when detected using serial serum creatinine measurements, is not an independent determinant of outcomes in patients with AHF. It has an additive prognostic value when it occurs in patients with persistent signs of congestion.
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              Prevalence and impact of worsening renal function in patients hospitalized with decompensated heart failure: results of the prospective outcomes study in heart failure (POSH).

              To determine the prevalence and risk factors for worsening renal function (WRF) among patients hospitalized for decompensated heart failure (HF) and the association with subsequent re-hospitalization and mortality. We prospectively enrolled 299 patients across eight European countries (mean age 68, 74% men). HF was defined using the European Society of Cardiology criteria, but only patients with a history of ejection fraction 26 micromol/L ( approximately 0.3 mg/dL) from admission. Follow-up was 95% complete to 6 months. Nearly one-third of patients [72 of 248 patients, 29% (95% CI 26-32%)] developed WRF during hospitalization, excluding patients who had a major in-hospital complication likely to compromise renal function. The risk of WRF in this group was independently associated with serum creatinine levels on admission [odds ratio (OR) 3.02 (95% CI 1.58-5.76)], pulmonary oedema [OR 3.35 (1.79-6.27)], and a history of atrial fibrillation [OR 0.35 (0.18-0.67)]. Although the mortality of WRF patients was not increased significantly, the length of stay was 2 days longer [median 11 days (90% range (4-41) vs. 9 days (4-34), P=0.006]. The re-hospitalization rate was similar in both groups. WRF is common in patients admitted to European hospitals with decompensated HF. Such patients have longer duration admissions, but a similar mortality and re-hospitalization rate to those without WRF (if patients experiencing a major in-hospital complication are excluded).

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                ESC Heart Fail
                ESC Heart Fail
                ESC Heart Failure
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                18 October 2018
                December 2018
                : 5
                : 6 ( doiID: 10.1002/ehf2.v5.6 )
                : 1060-1068
                [ 1 ] Afshar Hospital, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences Yazd Iran
                [ 2 ] Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center Iran University of Medical Sciences Tehran Iran
                Author notes
                [* ] Correspondence to: Nasim Naderi, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Valiasr Ave, Niayesh Blvd, Tehran, Iran.

                Tel: +98212392215, +989122013566; Fax: +982122055594.

                Email: naderi.nasim@ 123456gmail.com

                EHF212358 ESCHF-17-00088
                © 2018 The Authors. ESC Heart Failure published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

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                echocardiography, acute heart failure


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