Contemporary management of octogenarians hospitalized for heart failure in Europe: Euro Heart Failure Survey II

AP-HP, Department of Cardiology, Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Paris, France.
European Heart Journal (Impact Factor: 15.2). 12/2008; 30(4):478-86. DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehn539
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International guidelines are frequently not implemented in the elderly population with heart failure (HF). This study determined the management of octogenarians with HF enrolled in Euro Heart Failure Survey II (EHFS II) (2004-05).
We compared the clinical profile, 12 month outcomes, and management modalities between 741 octogenarians (median age 83.7 years) and 2836 younger patients (median age 68.4 years) hospitalized for acute/decompensated HF. Management modalities were also compared with those observed in EHFS I (2000-01). Female gender, new onset HF (de novo), hypertension, atrial fibrillation, co-morbidities, disabilities, and low quality of life were more common in the elderly (all P < 0.001). Mortality rates during hospital stay and during 12 months after discharge were increased in octogenarians (10.7 vs. 5.6% and 28.4 vs. 18.5%, P < 0.001). Underuse and underdosage of medications recommended for HF were observed in the elderly. However, a significant improvement was observed when compared with EHFS I both in the overall HF octogenarian population and in the subgroup with ejection fraction < or =45% for prescription rates of ACE-I/ARBs, beta-blockers, and aldosterone antagonists at discharge (82 vs. 71%; 56 vs. 29%; 54 vs. 18.5%, respectively, all P < 0.01), as well as for recommended combinations and dosage. Prescription rates remained stable for 12 months after discharge in survivors.
Our study confirms that the contemporary management of very elderly patients with HF remains suboptimal but that the situation is improving.

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    • "Similar differences are seen between HF patients hospitalised in internal medicine and cardiology departments [18]. These differences may be a reflection of the greater heterogeneity and older age of internal medicine patients, as a higher number of comorbidities is associated with older age in patients with HF [17] [19]. "
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    • "However, survey data have confirmed that the uptake of beta-blockers in HF patients is still sub-optimal. Although the percentage of eligible patients prescribed beta-blockers increased between the first and second Euro Heart Failure surveys, a substantial number of patients remain untreated or receive sub-maximal therapy [5,6]. Paradoxically, those at the greatest risk of death are less likely to receive evidence-based therapy after a HF hospitalization [7]. "
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    • "In spite of different baseline characteristics, the acute clinical presentation in KaRen was similar to HFpEF and HFrEF patients [22] [26]. As in the OPTMIZE-HF registry [14], 69% of patients presented with signs of left ventricular and right ventricular failure and only 24% presented with isolated left ventricular failure. "
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