A Historical Perspective on Presentations of Hypertensive Acute Heart Failure
AuthorsDarling, Chad E.
Sun, Jiaoyuan Elisabeth
Baugh, Christopher W.
Lessard, Darleen M.
McManus, David D.
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Quantitative Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
KeywordsAcute heart failure
systolic blood pressure
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AbstractBACKGROUND: The initial systolic blood pressure (SBP) in patients presenting to the hospital with acute heart failure (AHF) informs prognosis, diagnosis, and guides initial treatment. However, over time AHF presentations with elevated SBP appear to have declined. The present study examined whether the frequency of AHF presentations with systolic hypertension (SBP > 160 mmHg) declined over a nearly two-decade time interval. METHODS: This study compares four historical, cross-sectional cohorts with AHF who were admitted to tertiary care medical centres in the North-eastern USA in 1995, 2000, 2006, and 2011-13. The main outcome was the proportion of AHF patients presenting with an initial SBP > 160 mmHg. RESULTS: 2,366 patients comprised the study sample. The average age was 77 years, 55% were female, 94% white, and 75% had prior heart failure. In 1995, 34% of AHF patients presented with an initial SBP > 160 mmHg compared to 20% in 2011-2013 (p < 0.01). Multivariate logistic regression demonstrated reduced odds of presenting with a SBP > 160 mmHg in 2006 (0.64, 95% CI 0.42-0.96) and 2011-13 (0.46, 95% CI 0.28-0.74) compared with patients in 1995. CONCLUSION: The proportion of patients with AHF and initial SBP > 160 mmHg significantly declined over the study time period. There are several potential reasons for this observation and these findings highlight the need for ongoing surveillance of patients with AHF as changing clinical characteristics can impact early treatment decisions.
SourceJ Cardiovasc Dis Diagn. 2017 May;5(3). pii: 275. doi: 10.4172/2329-9517.1000275. Epub 2017 May 15. Link to article on publisher's site
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