Renowned sleep medicine physician-scientist, Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, contributed a podcast to the website CardiologyConsultant on how clinicians can reduce rehospitalization rates among patients suffering from heart failure (HF) and sleep disordered breathing (SDB) through use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.
CardiologyConsultant is a sub-website of Consultant360.com, which is a direct-to-practitioner messaging web platform designed to provide timely and relevant clinical information to improve patient care.
■ Podcast360: “Reducing Rehospitalization of Patients with HF and SDB” | 7:09 minutes
“Heart failure-related readmissions incurs penalties to hospitals and are a benchmark or quality metric that hospitals are rated by and, so, any and every intervention that can be used to reduce hospital admissions or hospital readmissions of patients with heart failure would be a huge benefit, not only to the hospital, but most importantly to patients,” Dr. Parthasarathy said.
The podcast ties into an NIH grant subcontract he and UA Cardiology Chief and Sarver Heart Center Director Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, won last year from Ohio State University, on the topic of HF and sleep health. They are co-principal investigators on the contract, which is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an NIH unit. It is looking at “Low Flow Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy on Hospital Admissions and Mortality in Patients with Heart Failure and Central Sleep Apnea (LOFT-HF),” addressing comorbidity issues in patients suffering from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
“PAP use in patients with sleep-disordered breathing in congestive heart failure” | Parthasrathy, S., paper presented at: SLEEP 2019; June 8-12, 2019; San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Parthasarathy is a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona; chief of the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences; and medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
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