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Relation of serum magnesium levels and postdischarge outcomes in patients hospitalized for heart failure (from the EVEREST Trial).

Serum magnesium levels may be impacted by neurohormonal activation, renal function, and diuretics. The clinical profile and prognostic significance of serum magnesium level concentration in patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction is unclear. In this retrospective analysis of the placebo group of the Efficacy of Vasopressin Antagonism in Heart Failure Outcome Study with Tolvaptan trial, we evaluated 1,982 patients hospitalized for worsening HF with ejection fractions ≤40%. Baseline magnesium levels were measured within 48 hours of admission and analyzed as a continuous variable and in quartiles. The primary end points of all-cause mortality (ACM) and cardiovascular mortality or HF rehospitalization were analyzed using Cox regression models. Mean baseline magnesium level was 2.1 ± 0.3 mg/dl. Compared with the lowest quartile, patients in the highest magnesium level quartile were more likely to be older, men, have lower heart rates and blood pressures, have ischemic HF origin, and have higher creatinine and natriuretic peptide levels (all p

Authors: Vaduganathan, Muthiah M; Greene, Stephen J SJ; Ambrosy, Andrew P AP; Mentz, Robert J RJ; Fonarow, Gregg C GC; Zannad, Faiez F; Maggioni, Aldo P AP; Konstam, Marvin A MA; Subacius, Haris P HP; Nodari, Savina S; Butler, Javed J; Gheorghiade, Mihai M;

The American journal of cardiology. 2013 Dec 01;112(11):1763-9. Epub 2013-10-04.

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