Other data presented here show that albuminuria is an independent predictor of hospitalizations for heart failure. Among 442 patients admitted to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center with a primary diagnosis of heart failure, 54% had albuminuria at baseline.

After one-year, hospitalizations for heart failure were 77% higher in patients who had albuminuria compared with those who did not, according to Adheesh Agnihotri, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This association was independent of heart failure medications and prognostic variables. Albuminuria did not affect mortality risk.

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