Readmission risk increased

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SNF residents with heart failure are more likely to return to the hospital.
SNF residents with heart failure are more likely to return to the hospital.

Heart failure patients who went to a nursing home were 50% more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than patients who returned home instead, according to a study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Researchers examined records of 1,500 Minnesota residents to reach their findings.

More than 40% of heart failure patients were admitted to a skilled nursing facility at some point after diagnosis; more than one-third of those spend two or more subsequent stints in a skilled nursing facility.

In general, hospital readmissions for patients from a skilled nursing facility were for reasons unrelated to cardiovascular function, researchers added.