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Medical News & Perspectives
October 8, 2003

Researchers Probe Anemia–Heart Failure Link

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1835-1838. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1835

Vienna—For years, physicians have noticed that patients with congestive heart failure who have anemia fare less well than those with a normal hematocrit, but the link was largely dismissed as a mere association. In recent years, however, researchers have begun to question whether anemia is only a marker for the problem or whether it may cause or exacerbate heart failure—and if treating anemia will improve outcomes.