Navigation Links
Heart Patients Benefit From At-Home Care, Study Finds
Date:9/28/2009

Improvements seen in depression, quality of life

MONDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with worsening chronic heart failure may find "hospital-at-home" care is a good alternative to treatment in a traditional hospital, Italian researchers report.

An estimated 5 million North Americans suffer from chronic heart failure, a condition in which the heart struggles to pump blood to the body. In the United States, worsening chronic heart failure is the cause of more than 1 million hospital admissions a year, and patients have a 50 percent risk of readmission within six months of discharge, according to the authors of a study published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

But the hospital is often dangerous in itself, the study authors noted.

In the study, Dr. Vittoria Tibaldi and colleagues at the University of Torino, San Giovanni Battista Hospital in Torino, Italy, enrolled patients aged 75 years or older with worsening chronic heart failure. Some were treated at a general medical ward, while others received hospital-at-home care supervised by a doctor.

After six months, 15 percent of the patients had died. There wasn't any difference in the death rate between the groups, but it took longer, on average, for those who were treated at home to be readmitted.

Those treated at home also appeared to improve in terms of depression, nutritional status and quality of life, the researchers found.

"Recent trends in health care favor alternatives to traditional acute care in hospitals. These trends include advancement in telehealth technologies and increased demand for treatment at home," Tibaldi and colleagues wrote. "Further development of hospital-at-home care will require additional research and dedicated resources to support dissemination."

More information

Learn more about heart failure from the American Heart Association.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Sept. 28, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Autoimmune Disorder Linked to Stroke, Heart Attack in Women
2. Irregular Heartbeat Risk Higher in Women With Type 2 Diabetes
3. Drug-eluting stents better than bare-metal stents for heart attack patients
4. Prebiotics Add Heart-Health, Bone-Health and Digestive-Health Support to Research-Proven Cancer Fighting Ability
5. Antidepressants Linked to Heart Defects in Newborns
6. Coronary imaging techniques helps to identify plaques likely to cause heart attacks
7. Results From Landmark PROSPECT Trial Demonstrate the Ability of Volcanos VH(R) IVUS Imaging to Identify Plaques Most Likely to Cause Heart Attacks
8. World Heart Day resonates with recent experts findings on CVD and EU institutions determination to promote heart health
9. Cardiologists Mobilize to Protect Quality Cardiac Care for Patients New Guarding Hearts Alliance: Heart Patients' Advocate in Congress
10. American Heart Association Meeting Report: High-Sugar Diet Increases Mens Blood Pressure; Gout Drug Protective
11. Any Day OK for Heart Bypass Surgery
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Heart Patients Benefit From At-Home Care, Study Finds
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board of Directors ... Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will serve in ... retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President and CEO ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition ... the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market ... can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, ... member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. ... and rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance ... care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client has a cognitive ... the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate ... people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit ... from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a ... design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch of ... development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has ... exclusive access to enabling technologies to the new ... will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 22, 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that ... successfully helping those with the widespread pain associated with ... Amanda in Essex, England commented, ... hair, experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with ... cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. , ... Allentown, Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of ... business partnership to offer a strategic hub service that ... Healthcare,s highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and ... A spirometer is a medical device used to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: