Admission inferior vena cava measurements are associated with mortality after hospitalization for acute decompensated heart failure

Pilar Cubo-Romano, Juan Torres-Macho, Nilam J. Soni, Luis F. Reyes, Ana Rodríguez-Almodóvar, Juan Manuel Fernández-Alonso, Rosa González-Davia, José Manuel Casas-Rojo, Marcos I. Restrepo, Gonzalo García de Casasola

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BACKGROUND: Prognostication of patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is important to patients, providers, and healthcare systems. Few bedside tools exist to prognosticate patients hospitalized with ADHF. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter and postdischarge mortality in patients hospitalized with ADHF. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: A 247-bed urban teaching hospital in Spain. PATIENTS: Ninety-seven patients hospitalized with ADHF. INTERVENTION: None. MEASUREMENTS: The IVC diameter and collapsibility were measured by a hospitalist at the time of admission and discharge. Primary outcome was 90-day all-cause mortality. Secondary outcomes were readmission rates at 90 and 180 days, and 180-day all-cause mortality. Patients were followed for 180 days. RESULTS: Data from 80 patients were analyzed. From admission to discharge, a significant improvement in IVC maximum (IVCmax) diameter (2.12 vs 1.87 cm; P < 0.001) and IVC collapsibility (25.7% vs 33.1%; P < 0.001) was seen in the total study cohort. During the 90-day follow-up period, 11 patients (13.7%) died. An admission IVCmax diameter ≥1.9 cm was associated with a higher mortality rate at 90 days (25.4% vs 3.4%; P = 0.009) and 180 days (29.3% vs 3.4%; P =.003). In a multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analysis, admission IVCmax diameter was an independent predictor of 90-day mortality (hazard ratio [HR]: 5.88; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.21-28.10; P = 0.025) and 90-day readmission (HR: 3.20; 95% CI: 1.24-8.21; P = 0.016). CONCLUSION: In patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure, a dilated IVC by bedside ultrasound at the time of admission is associated with a higher 90-day mortality after hospitalization. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2016;11:778–784.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-784
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of hospital medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Leadership and Management
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Assessment and Diagnosis


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