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Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2016 Oct;69(10):940-950. doi: 10.1016/j.rec.2016.06.006. Epub 2016 Aug 27.

Classification and Quality Standards of Heart Failure Units: Scientific Consensus of the Spanish Society of Cardiology.

[Article in English, Spanish]

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1
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía, Córdoba, Spain. Electronic address: manuelanguita@secardiologia.es.
2
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.
3
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
4
Servicio de Cardiología, Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas (IMIM) y Programa de Insuficiencia Cardiaca, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain.
5
Servicio de Cardiología, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain.
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Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Cantabria, Spain.
7
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
8
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain.
9
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella, Málaga, Spain.
10
Secretaría técnica, Proyecto SEC-Excelente, Elola Consultores, Madrid, Spain.
11
Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Álvaro Cunqueiro, Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain.

Abstract

The prevalence of heart failure remains high and represents the highest disease burden in Spain. Heart failure units have been developed to systematize the diagnosis, treatment, and clinical follow-up of heart failure patients, provide a structure to coordinate the actions of various entities and personnel involved in patient care, and improve prognosis and quality of life. There is ample evidence on the benefits of heart failure units or programs, which have become widespread in Spain. One of the challenges to the analysis of heart failure units is standardization of their classification, by determining which "programs" can be identified as heart failure "units" and by characterizing their complexity level. The aim of this article was to present the standards developed by the Spanish Society of Cardiology to classify and establish the requirements for heart failure units within the SEC-Excellence project.

KEYWORDS:

Heart failure; Heart failure units; Insuficiencia cardiaca; Proyecto SEC-Excelente; SEC-Excellence project; Unidades de insuficiencia cardiaca

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PMID:
27576081
DOI:
10.1016/j.rec.2016.06.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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