Heart failure (HF) is increasingly prevalent among the growing number of elderly people, but not well studied. We sought to evaluate disease pattern and importance of prognostic factors among very elderly patients with HF.
Among 8507 patients screened for entry into two studies on HF, we analysed the clinical characteristics, major comorbidities and prognostic factors in 825 patients older than 85 years (very elderly) compared with younger age groups. Adjusted hazard ratios [HR (95% confidence intervals)] of long-term mortality were calculated using Cox models. The very elderly were more often female (60 vs. 26%) and had a higher prevalence of preserved ejection fraction (53 vs. 36%) compared with patients younger than 65 years (P