Eric Fuh

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States

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Publications (4)18.61 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Although much is known about the risk factors for poor outcome in patients hospitalized with acute heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction, much less is known about the syndrome of acute heart failure primarily affecting the right ventricle (acute right heart failure). By using Stanford Hospital's pulmonary hypertension database, we identified consecutive acute right heart failure hospitalizations in patients with PAH. We used longitudinal regression analysis with the generalized estimating equations method to identify factors associated with an increased likelihood of 90-day mortality or urgent transplantation. From June 1999 to September 2009, 119 patients with PAH were hospitalized for acute right heart failure (207 episodes). Death or urgent transplantation occurred in 34 patients by 90 days of admission. Multivariable analysis identified a higher respiratory rate on admission (>20 breaths per minute; OR, 3.4; 95% CI, 1.5-7.8), renal dysfunction on admission (glomerular filtration rate <45 mL/min per 1.73 m2; OR, 2.7; 95% CI, 1.2-6.3), hyponatremia (serum sodium ≤136 mEq/L; OR, 3.6; 95% CI, 1.7-7.9), and tricuspid regurgitation severity (OR, 2.5 per grade; 95% CI, 1.2-5.5) as independent factors associated with an increased likelihood of death or urgent transplantation. These results highlight the high mortality after hospitalizations for acute right heart failure in patients with PAH. Factors identifiable within hours of hospitalization may help predict the likelihood of death or the need for urgent transplantation in patients with PAH.
    Circulation Heart Failure 09/2011; 4(6):692-9. DOI:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.110.949933 · 5.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Though much is known about the prognostic influence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in left-side heart failure, much less is known about AKI in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We identified consecutive patients with PAH who were hospitalized at Stanford Hospital for acute right-side heart failure. AKI was diagnosed according to the criteria of the Acute Kidney Injury Network. From June 1999 to June 2009, 105 patients with PAH were hospitalized for acute right-side heart failure (184 hospitalizations). AKI occurred in 43 hospitalizations (23%) in 34 patients (32%). The odds of developing AKI were higher among patients with chronic kidney disease (odds ratio [OR] 3.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.8-8.5), high central venous pressure (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.1-2.4, per 5 mm Hg), and tachycardia on admission (OR 4.3, 95% CI 2.1-8.8). AKI was strongly associated with 30-day mortality after acute right-side heart failure hospitalization (OR 5.3, 95% CI 2.2-13.2). AKI is relatively common in patients with PAH and associated with a short-term risk of death.
    Journal of cardiac failure 07/2011; 17(7):533-9. DOI:10.1016/j.cardfail.2011.03.003 · 3.05 Impact Factor
  • Eric Fuh · Todd J Brinton
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular disease continues to represent a significant and growing source of morbidity and mortality despite advances in traditional treatments. As a result, increasing interest and research in regenerative therapies has emerged in recent years. Among them, cell therapy represents an area of significant potential. An expanding clinical literature now exists involving the use of bone marrow-derived stem cells in the treatment of ischemic heart disease. These early studies appear to provide promising results in patient populations that include those with refractory angina, ischemic cardiomyopathy with left ventricular dysfunction, and end-stage heart failure. This review serves to provide a comprehensive examination of these clinical trials focused on several components including cell preparation, cell delivery, safety, and efficacy of these trials.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 06/2009; 2(2):202-18. DOI:10.1007/s12265-009-9095-8 · 3.02 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 02/2009; 28(2). DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2008.11.805 · 6.65 Impact Factor