Too many heart failure patients are treated with IV fluids, study finds

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:30 in Health & Medicine

Many patients hospitalized with severe heart failure are receiving potentially harmful treatment with intravenous fluids, a study has found. Heart failure patients are commonly treated with diuretics to avoid excess fluid buildup and to improve symptoms. However, many hospitalized patients also often receive IV fluids during early care in hospitals. Because the administration of IV fluids may worsen the congestive symptoms, researchers decided to investigate the use of IV fluids in patients with heart failure.

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