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HF Hospitalizations & Substance Abuse Disorders

Am J Med; ePub 2018 Dec 15; Snow, et al

Among patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF), tobacco or substance use disorders are more common among males, younger age groups, lower socioeconomic status, and select racial/ethnic minorities. This according to a recent study that calculated the proportion of primary HF hospitalizations in the 2014 National Inpatient Sample with tobacco or substance use disorders, accounting for demographic factors. Researchers found:

  • 15.5% of HF hospitalizations (n=152,965) in the US had documented tobacco (12.1%) or substance (6.2%) use disorder.
  • Female sex was associated with lower rates of tobacco and substance use disorder.
  • Tobacco or substance use disorders were more common among males and highest for hospitalization aged <55 years.
  • Enhanced screening for tobacco and substance use disorders in hospitalized HF patients may reveal opportunities for treatment and secondary prevention.

Citation:

Snow SC, Fonarow GC, Ladapo JA, Washington DL, Hoggatt KJ, Ziaeian B. National rate of tobacco and substance use disorders among hospitalized heart failure patients. [Published online ahead of print December 15, 2018]. Am J Med. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.11.038.