Morbidity and Mortality of Congestive Heart Failure in Trauma Patients.

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BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in heart failure (HF) patients comprise a major health and economic burden, especially when readmission rate and length of stay (LOS) are considered. With increasing average life expectancy, HF prevalence continues to rise. Diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and ischemic heart disease continue to be the leading causes of HF. Current data suggest that HF is the most common cause for hospital admission in patients older than 65 years.

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we sought out to compare the 30-day readmission rate in trauma patients who have a preexisting history of HF to those who do not have a history of HF. Additionally, we emphasized the effect of different cardiac variables in the HF group such as the pathophysiology of HF (HF with preserved ejection fraction [HFpEF] versus HF with reduced ejection fraction [HFrEF]) and the etiology of HFrEF (ischemic versus nonischemic).

METHODS: A retrospective chart analysis of 8,137 patients who were admitted to our hospital between 2005 and 2013 secondary to trauma with an Injury Severity Score

RESULTS: Of 8,137 trauma patients, 334 had preexisting HF, of which 169 had HFpEF while 165 had HFrEF). Of the 165 HFrEF cases, 121 were ischemic in etiology versus 44 nonischemic. Of 334 HF patients, 81 patients (24%) were readmitted within 30 days versus 1,068 (14%) of the non-HF patients (95% CI: 1.52-2.25, relative risk: 1.85, P < 0.0001). Of the 81 readmitted HF patients, 64 had HFpEF while 35 had HFrEF. There was no statistical significance observed in any of the endpoints in the HFpEF versus HFrEF groups. Mortality, 30-day readmission and LOS were all significantly higher in the ischemic versus nonischemic HFrEF group.

CONCLUSIONS: In our trauma population, HF patients had a significantly higher 30-day readmission rate when compared to non-HF patients. The pathophysiology of HF (HFpEF versus HFrEF) did not seem to play a role. However, after subgroup analysis of the HFrEF group based on etiology, all endpoints including mortality, readmission and LOS were significantly higher in the ischemic HFrEF subgroup rendering this entity higher importance when treating trauma patients with preexisting HF.





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Medicine and Health Sciences




Department of Medicine

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