I Brazilian Registry of Heart Failure - Clinical Aspects, Care Quality and Hospitalization Outcomes.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in adults in Brazil. However, most of the available data is limited to unicenter registries. The BREATHE registry is the first to include a large sample of hospitalized patients with decompensated HF from different regions in Brazil. OBJECTIVE: Describe the clinical characteristics, treatment and prognosis of hospitalized patients admitted with acute HF. METHODS: Observational registry study with longitudinal follow-up. The eligibility criteria included patients older than 18 years with a definitive diagnosis of HF, admitted to public or private hospitals. Assessed outcomes included the causes of decompensation, use of medications, care quality indicators, hemodynamic profile and intrahospital events. RESULTS: A total of 1,263 patients (64±16 years, 60% women) were included from 51 centers from different regions in Brazil. The most common comorbidities were hypertension (70.8%), dyslipidemia (36.7%) and diabetes (34%). Around 40% of the patients had normal left ventricular systolic function and most were admitted with a wet-warm clinical-hemodynamic profile. Vasodilators and intravenous inotropes were used in less than 15% of the studied cohort. Care quality indicators based on hospital discharge recommendations were reached in less than 65% of the patients. Intrahospital mortality affected 12.6% of all patients included. CONCLUSION: The BREATHE study demonstrated the high intrahospital mortality of patients admitted with acute HF in Brazil, in addition to the low rate of prescription of drugs based on evidence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Albuquerque, DCD; Neto, JDDS; Bacal, F; Rohde, LEP; Bernardez-Pereira, S; Berwanger, O; Almeida, DR; Investigadores Estudo BREATHE,

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 433 - 442

PubMed ID

  • 26131698

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26131698

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1678-4170

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5935/abc.20150031


  • eng por

Conference Location

  • Brazil