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March 2016 Br J Cardiol 2016;23:14

Correspondence: Aldosterone levels and oedema score in a small series of HF patients

Gareth Archer, Stephanie Hughes, Haqeel Jamil, Edward Bounford, Robert Stevenson

Abstract

Dear Sirs, Acute decompensated heart failure (HF) is the most common cause of hospital admission among patients older than 65 years of age.1 Such patients present with dyspnoea and variable degrees of fluid retention. Although aldosterone is known to be elevated in patients with HF, it is not yet established whether aldosterone levels affect clinical presentation. We have performed a preliminary study to investigate the degree of variation in baseline aldosterone and whether there is any relationship between aldosterone levels and the extent of peripheral oedema. Methods and results We enrolled 29 patients (mean age: 76 years; range: 43−90)

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