Saturday, March 14, 2009

Persistence With Heart Failure Medication

Though compliance is well known to be associated with increased risk in patients with heart disease, persistence may prove to be the more clinically useful, and is an important aspect of heart failure research. This study, published recently in the American Journal of Cardiology, was a prospective analysis of the effects of non-persistence. In their sample, 30% of patients were non-persistent. Non-persistence predicted all-cause and cardiovascular hospital readmission. The graph below shows percentage values for the different reasons for non-persistence (50% no reason).