Readmission and mortality among heart failure patients with history of hypertension in a statewide database

Michail Giakoumis, Davit Sargsyan, John B. Kostis, Javier Cabrera, Sanketkumar Dalwadi, William J. Kostis

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Objective was to examine the temporal trends in readmission and mortality of heart failure (HF) patients with history of hypertension. This study includes 51 141 patients with history of hypertension who were discharged with a first diagnosis of HF between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2014. Data were obtained from the Myocardial Infarction Data Acquisition System (MIDAS), a statewide database of all hospitalizations for cardiovascular (CV) disease in New Jersey. The temporal trends of mortality, rates of HF-specific readmission, and all-cause readmissions up to 1 year after discharge were examined using multivariable logistic regression. The difference in all-cause mortality at 3 years between patients who were readmitted compared to those who were not readmitted at 1 year was examined. The number of patients with history of hypertension and HF remained unchanged during the study period. Male gender, black race, comorbidities, and admission to non-teaching hospitals were predictors of HF readmission and CV mortality (P <.05 for all). Readmission rate for any cause increased during the study period (P <.001) while rates of HF readmissions and mortality remained relatively unchanged. Patients that had been readmitted within a year exhibited a significantly higher 3-year mortality (P <.001). CV mortality among HF patients with history of hypertension did not change significantly between 2000 and 2014, while the rates of all-cause readmission increased. Patients who were readmitted had higher 3-year mortality (P <.001) than those who were not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1274
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


  • heart failure
  • hypertension
  • population-based study
  • readmissions


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