This news is of grave importance to heart patients. A new Henry Ford Hospital study claims that majority of the heart failure patients who develop kidney failure in the hospital apparently do not recuperate from it before going home and are said to be at an augmented threat of either being re-hospitalized or could die in a year.
The study’s depressing discovery is alleged to be the first time experts associated lasting health results with declining kidney function in patients hospitalized for heart failure.
David Lanfear, M.D., a heart failure physician at Henry Ford and lead author of the study, commented, “Even temporary kidney trouble in the hospital showed a trend toward poor one-year outcomes but persistent kidney dysfunction was definitely worse with long-term implications. We need to better understand why kidney dysfunction persists in some patients and what can be done to avert it.”
Heart failure is believed to be a chronic condition in which the heart muscle is apparently not capable of pumping sufficient blood through the heart to meet the body’s requirements for blood and oxygen. The heart may occasionally respond by expanding and pumping faster. Heart failure is said to be a common cause of kidney failure, which could arise when the kidneys are not getting sufficient oxygen and blood to work accurately.
The study examined about 2,537 heart failure patients who were released from Henry Ford Hospital between Jan. 1, 2000 and June 30, 2008. Among patients whose kidney function deteriorated in the hospital, around 61 percent did not recuperate from it prior to discharge and their threat of additional health issues augmented. Meanwhile, in approximately 39 percent of patients, their kidney dysfunction was said to be short-term and was apparently not a major forecaster of increased death or re-hospitalization.
The study was presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific conference in Orlando.