A clinical prediction model predicted 30-day and 1-year mortality in patients hospitalized for heart failure: COMMENTARY

Henriksson, Peter
May 2004
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2004, Vol. 140 Issue 3, p80
Academic Journal
Prognostic factors have been identified in heart failure patients enrolled in clinical trials. However, unselected admitted heart failure patients may have different prognostic factors. Using presentation features, laboratory values, and preexisting comorbid conditions, authors constructed risk scores to predict 30-day and 1-year mortality. Risk-assessment methods are well known for patients with coronary artery disease but not for heart failure patients. Identifying patients at high risk could be helpful for targeting patients in need of treatment in specialized care units. Furthermore, end-of-life issues could be dealt with earlier.


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