Predictors and Associations With Outcomes of Length of Hospital Stay in Patients With Acute Heart Failure: Results From VERITAS.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: The length of hospital stay (LOS) is important in patients admitted for acute heart failure (AHF) because it prolongs an unpleasant experience for the patients and adds substantially to health care costs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined the association between LOS and baseline characteristics, 10-day post-discharge HF readmission, and 90-day post-discharge mortality in 1347 patients with AHF enrolled in the VERITAS program. Longer LOS was associated with greater HF severity and disease burden at baseline; however, most of the variability of LOS could not be explained by these factors. LOS was associated with a higher HF risk of both HF readmission (odds ratio for 1-day increase: 1.08; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01-1.16; P = .019) and 90-day mortality (hazard ratio for 1-day increase: 1.05; 95% CI 1.02-1.07; P < .001), although these associations are partially explained by concurrent end-organ damage and worsening heart failure during the first days of admission. CONCLUSIONS: In patients who have been admitted for AHF, longer length of hospital stay is associated with a higher rate of short-term mortality. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: VERITAS-1 and -2: identifiers NCT00525707 and NCT00524433.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cotter, G; Davison, BA; Milo, O; Bourge, RC; Cleland, JGF; Jondeau, G; Krum, H; O'Connor, CM; Metra, M; Parker, JD; Torre-Amione, G; van Veldhuisen, DJ; Kobrin, I; Rainisio, M; Senger, S; Edwards, C; McMurray, JJV; Teerlink, JR; VERITAS Investigators,

Published Date

  • October 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 815 - 822

PubMed ID

  • 26721775

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8414

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.12.017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States