FREQUENCY OF ANAEMIA AND RENAL INSUFFICIENCY IN PATIENTS WITH HEART FAILURE
AbstractBackground: Heart Failure (HF) is a common disease with a high mortality rate. Anaemia and renalfailure (RF) are often present in patients with HF and associated with worse prognosis. Objective of studywas to evaluate the prevalence of anaemia and RF in patients with HF. Methods: Patients admitted inPunjab institute of cardiology Lahore with diagnosis of heart failure were enrolled from February, 2008 toDecember, 2008. Anaemia was defined as haemoglobin levels <13 mg/dl for men and 12 mg/dl forwomen. Renal function was assessed by the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), calculated by the simplifiedformula of the MDRD (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease) study. Results: Of the 276 patientsincluded in this study, 42.03% (116) had anaemia and 38.40% (106) had moderate to severe renal failure(GFR <60 ml/min). Conclusion: The prevalence of anaemia and renal failure was high in this populationand was associated with the severity of the HF (functional classes III and IV).Keywords: Heart failure, anaemia, renal insufficiency
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