Observation Units For Heart Failure Could Reduce Unnecessary Hospitalizations

Two new papers published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology propose that most heart failure (HF) patients who present to the emergency department (ED) don’t need to be hospitalized and can be safely managed in an observation unit. Currently, the vast majority of HF patients  who show up in the ED are hospitalized….

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Journal of the American College of Cardiology




  1. Heart failure could be reduced through use of cardiac rehabilitation programs which offer a patient education and re enforce complience to medication, sodium and fluid restriction, give guidance on daily activity based on fluid retention and catch problems before requiring repeated hospitalization if there is a good working relationship with cardiologist and mid level practitioners. Too often patients with CHF diagnosis cannot attend as is not covered diagnosis, however those who have CHF in addition to CAD benefit greatly from such services.

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