The United States continues to see high rates of hospital readmissions for cardiovascular disease, despite the entirely preventable nature of these incidents. Data indicates that the national average for cardiac readmissions remains consistently at 21.9 percent.
Between inconsistent engagement with their healthcare providers, lack of adherence to diet, fitness regimen and medication routine, and a variety of other factors, many cardiac patients wind up back in the hospital, oftentimes with more urgent conditions than the first time they were admitted. One study from the University of Minnesota indicates that roughly 1 in 3 CVD hospitalizations resulted in 30‐day readmission; nearly 1 in 20 was followed by death within 30 days.
Even with more intuitive strides in telehealth services and patient education, congestive heart failure has been the leading cause of hospital readmissions throughout the country, ahead of septicemia and pneumonia. In an effort for care providers to effectively reduce these readmissions, it’s important to understand the most common causes. This requires examining both the clinical and behavioral journeys of patients living with heart disease. Let’s examine some of the causes of cardiac hospital readmissions.