Background. In Italy the majority of patients with heart failure are admitted to Internal Medicine Division where diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, suggested by guidelines, are less utilized than in Cardiology Divisions. In order to provide a better assistance to patients with heart failure, a Cardiovascular Medicine Unit was founded with interdepartmental valence (Cardiovascular and Internal Medicine) in the "Ospedali Riuniti" Hospital of Bergamo. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the preliminary results, concerning management of heart failure, in the first 6 months of activities carried out at the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit and to compare them with those of other structures that usually manage this disease. Methods. Analysis of data concerning 150 admissions to the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit for heart failure in 147 patients during the first 6 months of 2003. Comparisons of admittance data for heart failure in the first semester 2001 deriving from the Internal Medicine Division of the "Ospedali Riuniti" Hospital of Bergamo, the TEMISTOCLE study and the Niguarda Ca'Granda Hospital of Milan. Results. A higher prescription of beta-blockers and spironolactone was observed in the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit than in other structures (p < 0.001). Echocardiography and coronary angiography were performed more frequently (p < 0.001) and the number of rehospitalizations was lower for all cases (p < 0.05) as well as for heart failure (p < 0.001). The extensive use of diagnostic procedures and multidisciplinary evaluation of co-morbidities allowed to identify patients who could be managed successfully with surgical therapy; preliminary data suggest a net benefit in terms of NYHA functional class and reduction in rehospitalization in this subgroup of patients. Conclusions. These data demonstrate that the Cardiovascular Medicine model, based on integration of knowledge between cardiologists and internists, is effective with respect to organization and assistance and allows to optimize heart failure patient management.

Senni, M., Gori, M., Alari, G., Duino, V., Siccardo, R., Grosu, A., et al. (2006). Cardiovascular Medicine Unit: Preliminary results of an in-hospital multidisciplinary intervention in heart failure [Unità di Medicina Cardiovascolare: Prime esperienze di un approccio intraospedaliero multidisciplinare allo scompenso cardiaco]. GIORNALE ITALIANO DI CARDIOLOGIA, 7(5), 348-358.

Cardiovascular Medicine Unit: Preliminary results of an in-hospital multidisciplinary intervention in heart failure [Unità di Medicina Cardiovascolare: Prime esperienze di un approccio intraospedaliero multidisciplinare allo scompenso cardiaco]

Senni M
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2006

Abstract

Background. In Italy the majority of patients with heart failure are admitted to Internal Medicine Division where diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, suggested by guidelines, are less utilized than in Cardiology Divisions. In order to provide a better assistance to patients with heart failure, a Cardiovascular Medicine Unit was founded with interdepartmental valence (Cardiovascular and Internal Medicine) in the "Ospedali Riuniti" Hospital of Bergamo. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the preliminary results, concerning management of heart failure, in the first 6 months of activities carried out at the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit and to compare them with those of other structures that usually manage this disease. Methods. Analysis of data concerning 150 admissions to the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit for heart failure in 147 patients during the first 6 months of 2003. Comparisons of admittance data for heart failure in the first semester 2001 deriving from the Internal Medicine Division of the "Ospedali Riuniti" Hospital of Bergamo, the TEMISTOCLE study and the Niguarda Ca'Granda Hospital of Milan. Results. A higher prescription of beta-blockers and spironolactone was observed in the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit than in other structures (p < 0.001). Echocardiography and coronary angiography were performed more frequently (p < 0.001) and the number of rehospitalizations was lower for all cases (p < 0.05) as well as for heart failure (p < 0.001). The extensive use of diagnostic procedures and multidisciplinary evaluation of co-morbidities allowed to identify patients who could be managed successfully with surgical therapy; preliminary data suggest a net benefit in terms of NYHA functional class and reduction in rehospitalization in this subgroup of patients. Conclusions. These data demonstrate that the Cardiovascular Medicine model, based on integration of knowledge between cardiologists and internists, is effective with respect to organization and assistance and allows to optimize heart failure patient management.
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Heart failure; Management in cardiology;
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Senni, M., Gori, M., Alari, G., Duino, V., Siccardo, R., Grosu, A., et al. (2006). Cardiovascular Medicine Unit: Preliminary results of an in-hospital multidisciplinary intervention in heart failure [Unità di Medicina Cardiovascolare: Prime esperienze di un approccio intraospedaliero multidisciplinare allo scompenso cardiaco]. GIORNALE ITALIANO DI CARDIOLOGIA, 7(5), 348-358.
Senni, M; Gori, M; Alari, G; Duino, V; Siccardo, R; Grosu, A; Santilli, G; Parrella, P; Saronni, P; Pezzoli, F; Migliori, M; Minetti, B; Suter, F; De Maria, R; Ferrazzi, P; Gavazzi, A
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