Findings presented at ACC Scientific Sessions show improving serum sodium levels may improve outcomes
Research presented on Monday at the American College of Cardiologys Scientific Sessions in Orlando pinpoints a major marker of a poor prognosis for heart failure, hyponatremia, or a lower than normal concentration of serum or blood sodium. Researchers found that hyponatremia, which is found in almost a quarter of patients with severe heart failure, doubled death rates within 60 days of hospital discharge. Serum sodium levels are easily measured through routine blood tests.
"Even a minor decrease in a persons serum sodium level – levels that are now dismissed by physicians – had a major impact on mortality of heart failure patients," says Mihai Gheorghiade, MD, associate chief, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and lead presenter of the findings from the ESCAPE trial during a poster session on Monday.
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