Heart failure hospitalizations tied to secondary factors

04/29/2008 | Forbes

Research that included almost 49,000 patients shows pneumonia, irregular heart beat and obstructed blood flow to the heart are the most common reasons U.S. heart failure patients are hospitalized. More than 60% of heart failure patients hospitalized had at least one of these factors and the study authors say it shows early interventions -- such as immunizations for flu and pneumonia -- could help reduce hospital admissions.

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