The Canadian Heart Failure (CAN-HF) Registry: A Canadian Multicentre, Retrospective Study of Inpatients With Heart Failure Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in the management of patients with heart failure (HF), national data regarding the quality of care provided are lacking. The Canadian Heart Failure (CAN-HF) Registry was designed to obtain contemporary, real-world data describing the management of patients with HF. METHODS: Quality of care in patients admitted for acute HF (AHF), in relation to guidelines and national HF quality indicators, was assessed as part of the CAN-HF Registry study. RESULTS: A total of 943 patients admitted to the hospital with AHF were included in this analysis. Patient weight was not recorded on admission for 26% of patients, with daily weight being captured in only 61% of patients. Only 54% of inpatients received left ventricular ejection fraction assessment while hospitalized. Patient education was documented in 31% of patients prior to discharge, with 51% receiving instructions to follow up with a specialist upon discharge, and 2% being referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program. Although use of guideline-directed medical therapy increased during hospitalization, the proportions of patients receiving renin-angiotensin-aldosterone inhibition (63%), beta-blockade (80%), and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (40%) upon discharge indicate that potential room for improvement exists. CONCLUSIONS: The CAN-HF Registry study demonstrated a potential quality-of-care gap in the management of patients admitted with AHF.


  • Poon, Stephanie
  • Rojas-Fernandez, Carlos
  • Virani, Sean
  • Honos, George
  • McKelvie, Robert

publication date

  • July 2022