Estudio de la calidad de vida de pacientes con insuficiencia cardiaca en un Servicio de Medicina Interna

Translated title of the contribution: Study of quality of life of patients with heart failure in an Internal Medicine Department

Daniel Etxeberría-Lekuona, J. Sánchez-Álvarez, A. Alonso Gutiérrez, V. Acha Arrieta, R. Campos Rivas, V. Jarne Betrán

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Abstract

Introduction: Quality of life (QL) is an important objective in the treatment of patients with heart failure (HF). We have measured QL and different factors that can affect it in a group of patients hospitalized with HF. Methods: 34 patients with HF were cross-examined by means of a specific questionnaire: The "Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire" (MLWHFQ). Blood analyses, ecocardiographic measurements and specific questionnaires, were also carried out in order to evaluate other parameters which could affect QL: Age, sex, comorbilidity, number of drugs taken, left ventricular ejection fraction, nutritional status, cognitive function, depression and functional capacity in daily life. Results: QL measured by means of the MLWHFQ was quite high (mean: 34.3). The other tests yielded values within normality or next to normality. Depression was the factor more clearly associated with patients' quality of life (p = 0.0001). We also found a statistically significant association with left ventricular ejection fraction (p = 0.03), age (p = 0.008) and albuminemia (p = 0.01). Conclusions: In our group of patients, QL was conditioned by depression, left ventricular ejection fraction, age and albuminemia.

Translated title of the contributionStudy of quality of life of patients with heart failure in an Internal Medicine Department
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalAnales de Medicina Interna
Volume24
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

Keywords

  • Heart failure
  • Minnesota
  • Quality of life

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