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Research shows 10 or more medications are prescribed to older heart failure patients

October 13, 2020

More than half of older patients hospitalized for heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should, are discharged from the hospital with prescriptions for 10 or more medications, according to new research published today in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

Goyal is also the geriatric cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

To explore the medication burden of older adults with heart failure, researchers examined the medical charts of 558 adults, aged 65 and older, covered by Medicare and hospitalized for heart failure between 2003 and 2014 at one of 380 hospitals in the U.S.

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