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ESC pilot registry in heart failure reflects improvement in chronic disease
Date:8/30/2011

r the whole one-year follow-up period.

Unlike patients with chronic HF, those admitted for acute HF were still treated more anecdotally than according to evidence-based medicine. "This may be," explained Professor Aldo Maggioni from the Centro Studi ANMCO in Florence, Italy, " because of a lack, in this specific clinical context, of specific controlled studies demonstrating effective treatment strategies for improving outcomes. And this could be the reason for the still high observed mortality and morbidity rates in acute HF patients."

As expected, the great majority of the causes of death, both in acute and chronic HF was cardiovascular, and sudden in 40% of cases; the most frequent cause of hospitalisation or re-hospitalisation was HF.

Professor Maggioni added: "The study has also allowed us to identify several independent predictors of outcome, which will be useful for implementing ad hoc strategies in very high risk patients with this severe clinical condition."

The pilot study has paved the way for implementation of a pan-ESC long-term registry which began data collection in May 2011 with the participation of 32 European countries.


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