Thirst Trajectory and Factors Associated With Persistent Thirst in Patients With Heart Failure
2014 (English)In: Journal of Cardiac Failure, ISSN 1071-9164, E-ISSN 1532-8414, Vol. 20, no 9, 689-695 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Thirst is often increased in patients with heart failure (HF) and can cause distress during the course of the condition. The aim of the present study was to describe the trajectory of thirst during an 18-month period and to identify variables associated with persistent thirst in patients with HF. Methods and Results: Data were collected from 649 patients with HF with the use of the Revised Heart Failure Compliance Scale at 1, 6, 12, and 18 months after a period of hospital treatment for worsening HF. Thirst trajectory was described for the 4 follow-up visits and logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors independently associated with persistent thirst. In total, 33% (n = 212) of the patients reported thirst on greater than= 1 occasions and 34% (n = 46) continued to have thirst at every follow-up visit. Nineteen percent (n = 121) of the patients had persistent thirst. Patients with persistent thirst were more often younger and male and had more HF symptoms. Higher body mass index and serum urea also increased the risk of persistent thirst. Conclusions: Patients with HF who were thirsty at the 1-month follow-up were more often also thirsty at subsequent visits. Assessment of thirst is warranted in clinical practice because one-fifth of patients suffer from persistent thirst.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 20, no 9, 689-695 p.
Thirst; heart failure; trajectory; persistent thirst
Clinical Medicine Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111268DOI: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2014.06.352ISI: 000341799300010PubMedID: 24951934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111268DiVA: diva2:755586