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Factors Identified that Lead to Hospital Admissions for Heart Failure

Narrator: This is Science Today. A UCLA study has identified factors that lead to hospital admissions for heart failure. Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine, says this was one of the largest studies to examine these factors and how they affect clinical outcomes.

Fonarow: We found among patients hospitalized with heart failure - over two-thirds had one or more precipitating factors identified. The most commonly identified precipitating factors included decreased blood flow to the heart, arrythmias, non-adherence to the prescribed medications or dietary restrictions, respiratory processes such as pneumonia and worsening renal function.

Narrator: Many of these precipitating factors can be addressed through greater attention and disease management.

Fonarow: So, clinicians caring for patients with heart failure can focus their efforts on trying to identify who's at risk for these precipitating factors and taking important steps to help reduce that.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.