What Is The Prognosis For Patients Hospitalized With Decompensated Heart Failure?

Question: What is the prognosis for patients hospitalized with decompensated heart failure?

Answer: There are about a million hospitalizations annually for decompensated heart failure. On average, about 3 or 4 percent of patients will die during their hospitalization. We have great deal of success with patients. When their discharged from the hospital about 20 percent will wind up having another episode of decompensation within seven days and about 50 percent will be rehospitalized within six months. These numbers haven't changed dramatically and we're hopeful to make an impact on this in the future.