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Assessing the health-related quality of life in patients hospitalised for acute heart failure

April 2013 Br J Cardiol 2013;20:72–6 doi:10.5837/bjc.2013.013 Online First

Assessing the health-related quality of life in patients hospitalised for acute heart failure

Paul Swinburn, Sarah Shingler, Siew Hwa Ong, Pascal Lecomte, Andrew Lloyd

Abstract

Introduction Acute heart failure (AHF) has been defined by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) as the rapid onset of, or change in, symptoms and signs of heart failure, and is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.1 These symptoms and signs include shortness of breath at rest or during exertion, fatigue, pulmonary or peripheral fluid retention, a cough, and evidence of an abnormality of the structure or function of the heart at rest.2-4 This change in cardiac function results in an urgent need for therapy, and AHF is among the most common causes of hospitalisation.5 AHF can, therefore, be seen to represen

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