October 13, 2015
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Identification of patients with stage D HF differed significantly when done according to physician judgment compared with the use of current criteria, researchers reported at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting.
The researchers evaluated 512 outpatients diagnosed with HF with reduced ejection fraction. The mean age of the cohort was 61 years (35.2% women). Ejection fraction was lower than 30% in 60% of patients, and ischemic heart disease was present in 67.2%. The researchers compared the number of patients identified as having stage D HF using the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Association criteria with the number identified by physician chart review. Outcomes during a median of 2.9 years of follow-up also were evaluated.