Effect of correction of anemia with erythropoietin and intravenous iron in resistant heart failure in octogenarians

Donald S. Silverberg, Dov Wexler, Miriam Blum, Doron Schwartz, Gad Keren, David Sheps, Adrian Iaina

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Abstract

Background: Congestive heart failure is extremely common in octogenarians and is associated with severe fatigue, shortness of breath, recurrent hospitalizations, and death. These patients, many of whom are anemic, are often resistant to standard CHF therapy including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-blockers and diuretics. Objectives: To examine whether correction of the anemia (hemoglobin <12 g/dl) in CHF patients can improve their clinical condition. Methods: Forty octogenarians with anemia and severe resistant CHF were administered a combination of subcutaneous erythropoietin and intravenous iron sucrose. Results: This combination therapy led to a marked improvement in cardiac function, shortness of breath and fatigue, a marked reduction in the rate of hospitalization and a stabilizing of renal function. Conclusion: Anemia appears to be an important but ignored contributor to the progression of CHF, and its correction may improve cardiac and renal status as well as the quality of life in elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-339
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume5
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Elderly
  • Erythropoietin
  • Heart failure
  • Iron
  • Octogenarians
  • Renal failure

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