Navigation Links
Weigh Gain May Spell Trouble for Heart Failure Patients
Date:9/11/2007

It typically precedes their hospitalization, study finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term weight gain can signal worsening outcomes for heart failure patients, a new study shows.

Patients who gain as little as two pounds over the course of a few weeks may require hospitalization within the month, according to heart researchers. Heart failure patients who gain more than 10 pounds are eight times more likely than heart failure patients with stable weights to need hospitalization.

Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Heart defects, high blood pressure, scarring from previous heart attacks and coronary artery disease can all lead to heart failure.

The study, published in the Sept. 11 issue of Circulation suggests that patients and their doctors may have several days or even weeks to control weight gain and avoid hospitalizations.

The Yale University research team analyzed weight data and hospitalization records from 268 heart failure patients who were weighing themselves daily as part of a disease management program. The average age of the patients was 74. The researchers compared the data from half of the patients who were hospitalized with the half who were not.

The analysis showed that the hospitalized patients had gained more weight than their peers in the month before hospitalization. In the week before hospitalization, weight increased rapidly.

Doctors have known for some time that weight increase may be a sign of worsening heart failure, but the impact of the timing and amount of weight gain on hospitalization has not been studied before, the researchers said.

"We found that even small amounts of weight gain -- as small as just over two pounds -- predict hospitalization," lead author Dr. Sarwat Chaudhry, assistant professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., said in a prepared statement. "We found that weight gain starts well before hospitalization, giving doctors and patients at least a few days to take steps to avoid the need for hospitalization."

People who gained an average of two to five pounds in the week before hospitalization were almost 3 times more likely to need hospitalization than heart failure patients with stable weight. Those who gained five to 10 pounds were 4.5 times more likely to need hospitalization, and those who gained over 10 pounds were almost eight times more likely to require hospitalization for heart failure.

"Heart failure is the most common reason for hospitalization among Americans, and more Medicare dollars are spent for heart failure than for any other diagnosis," Chaudhry said. "Our data suggest that a simple bathroom scale could empower patients in managing their own disease and alert their physicians to early signs of heart failure decompensation (the failure of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation). Ultimately, our data may help change the standard of care to prevent patients from being hospitalized, improve their quality of life and save precious health care resources."

The researchers noted that not all hospitalizations for heart failure occur after weight gain, but that monitoring weight daily can help patients with heart failure. The team is currently conducting a clinical trial to test whether daily weight measurement can help reduce rates of hospitalization for heart failure patients.

More information

To learn about living with heart failure, visit the American Heart Association.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Sept. 10, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. CDC reveals relationship between prepregnant weight and heart defects in infants
2. Watch your weight when pregnant
3. Lose Weight With New Wonder Slimming FDA approved Prescription Drug
4. Weight and Blood Pressure
5. Low Birth Weight infants could have Problems in the Future
6. Breastfeeding not found to have an impact on weight of the child.
7. Giving up smoking is good for health, but causes weight gain too
8. Stress can make you overweight
9. Birth weight key factor in heart diseases
10. Stop smoking and reduce weight
11. Overweight children Dont Necessarily Become overweight adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Every year ... most heartfelt wishes of these children. The wishes provide hope and motivation ... and CEO of Make-A-Wish Mississippi, Brent Wilson said, “In 2016, the organization will ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Long Island’s fastest growing comprehensive ... noted Long Island eye surgeon, Kathleen Van Valkenburg, MD as part of their ongoing ... Martin, MD, medical director and managing partner of North Shore Eye Care. , ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TIME for Kids and The ZAC Foundation ... new partnership to reach nearly 1 million children with important water safety messages before ... the leading cause of accidental death in children one to 6 years of age. ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... In honor of National Nurses Week 2016, Aya Healthcare , the ... thank a nurse who's made a difference in their life. From Friday, May 6 ... of San Diego/Imperial Counties (up to $10,000) every time someone tells them via social ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... , ... The Lung Institute will celebrate its three-year anniversary on May 14 by ... throughout the month of May. To date, the Lung Institute has treated over 2,000 people ... is a testament to the success of this treatment and to the patients who refuse ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... 2016 Research and ... Thalassaemia Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights - ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) ... Competitive Landscape Highlights - 2016, provides comprehensive ... Thalassaemia market valuations and forecast, Thalassaemia products ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 According to ... entitled "Brain Computer Interface Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... brain computer interface (BCI) market  is expected to reach ... is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 14.9 ... A BCI device provides collaboration between the ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... -- According to market research "Global Computed Tomography ... 2022 - Industry Insights by Slice Type (High, Mid and ... P&S Market Research, the global computed tomography market ... expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% during 2016-2022. ... expected to witness the faster growth, CAGR of 5.3%, during ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: