Allopurinol use associated with better heart failure outcomes

January 01, 0001

Allopurinol use associated with better heart failure outcomes

Hyperuricemia is associated with reduced survival among patients with heart failure (HF), but the effect of gout on HF outcomes is unknown. The objective of this study by Canadian authors was to determine whether gout and allopurinol use are associated with HF outcomes. They performed a time-matched, nested case-control analysis of a retrospective cohort of patients with HF who were 66 years or older using health care databases in Quebec, Canada. The primary outcome measure was a composite measure of HF readmission and all-cause mortality. The secondary outcome measure was all-cause mortality.

They found: "Of the 25,090 patients in this cohort, 14,327 experienced the primary outcome. Both a remote history of gout and an acute episode of gout (within 60 days of the event date) were associated with an increased risk of HF readmission or death (adjusted rate ratio 1.63 and 2.06, respectively). Continuous allopurinol use (greater than 30 days of continuous use) was not associated with the primary outcome among the overall population with HF, but was associated with reduced HF readmissions or death (0.69) and all-cause mortality (0.74) among patients with a history of gout."

The authors concluded: "Patients with HF and a history of gout represent a high-risk population. Among such patients, the use of allopurinol is associated with improved outcomes."

These results are applicable only to patients with both gout and heart failure.

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Arch Intern Med 170(15):1358-1364, 9/23 August 2010
© 2010 to the American Medical Association
Gout, Allopurinol Use, and Heart Failure Outcomes. George Thanassoulis, James M. Brophy, Hugues Richard, Louise Pilote. Correspondence to Dr. Pilote: [email protected]

Category: K. Circulatory, M. Musculoskeletal. Keywords: gout, allopurinol, heart failure, hospital admission, death, nested case-control study, journal watch.
Synopsis edited by Dr Linda French, Toledo, Ohio. Posted on Global Family Doctor 27 August 2010

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