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Cardiol Clin. 2012 Nov;30(4):665-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2012.07.006. Epub 2012 Sep 20.

Acute decompensated heart failure.

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Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 1365 Clifton Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.


Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is the most common cause of cardiovascular hospital admission; 1 in 4 patients with heart failure is readmitted within 30 days of being discharged, and ADHF consumes 1% to 2% of the total health care resources. The most effective approach for preventing heart failure hospitalizations is a combination of improvement in management of patients while they are in the hospital and comprehensive post hospitalization care. Decreasing the length of hospitalization can increase readmission rate, so optimization of inpatient and outpatient care is essential.

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