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Preventing Re-Hospitalization of Heart Failure Patients

 

Narrator:        This is Science Today. As many as sixty to eighty percent of re-hospitalizations for heart failure patients are potentially preventable. Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiovascular medicine at UCLA, says non-adherence to medications or diet are important components.

Fonarow:         There are also a variety of other components that patients with heart failure have, a number of what we call co-morbid conditions - other medical illnesses, other medical problems that along with their heart failure can contribute to these re-hospitalizations. So the physicians caring for these patients, really it's very important to address not only the underlying heart failure disease state, but many of these co-morbid conditions, as well as potentially reversible, precipitating factors for hospitalization to truly have an impact on reducing the very high rates of morbidity and mortality in this patient population.

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