An acute decompensation of heart failure resulting in hospital admission represents a critical juncture in the natural history of the disease, as evidenced by poor mortality and readmission outcomes after hospital discharge. For this reason, a number of new short-term vasoactive therapies have been or are being tested in clinical trials. Furthermore, in response to unacceptable readmission rates, there has been intense interest in improving the transition from hospital discharge to the outpatient arena. Between these 2 areas of focus exists an often overlooked internal transition from acute vasoactive therapies to oral chronic heart failure medications. This transition from acute presentation to the rest of the hospital stay forms the basis of this review.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine