Impact of Hemoglobin Concentration in Patients With Coronary Disease

by Sheela Philomena on  June 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM Heart Disease News
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In patients with stable coronary disease, there were threshold haemoglobin values below which mortality increased in a continuous fashion, reveals report.
 Impact of Hemoglobin Concentration in Patients With Coronary Disease
Impact of Hemoglobin Concentration in Patients With Coronary Disease

Their findings suggest that there are thresholds of haemoglobin that are associated with increased risk of mortality in patients with angina or myocardial infarction, and, though limited by the observational nature of its results, the study supports the rationale for conducting future randomised controlled trials to assess whether haemoglobin levels are causal and whether clinicians should intervene to increase haemoglobin levels, for example by oral iron supplementation.

The authors say that "Irrespective of a possible causal, reversible relationship between

Haemoglobin concentration and mortality, further research is warranted to assess what incremental prognostic value haemoglobin might offer in risk stratifying patients with stable coronary disease."

Source: Eurekalert

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