EPICAL 2 (Epidemiology and prognostic of the Acute Heart Failure) is an epidemiological,
observational, prospective and multicenter study. This study includes at first an exhaustive
recording of the cases on a geographic area at East of France, then the recorded patients are
followed up in a cohort at least 3 years. This study follows the experiences of the EPICAL
study led by our team.
Main objective: To describe the characteristics of the patients affected by acute heart
failure and to identify prognostic factors, in particular related to care. More exactly :
- To describe the sociodemographic, clinical, biological and therapeutic characteristics
of the patients presenting an acute heart failure during hospitalisation and living at
East of France ;
- To study the short and medium-term morbi-mortality of these patients, and identify the
main factors determining the prognosis for survival ;
- To evaluate the prognostic impact of the intra and extra-hospital care ;
- To identify the evolution of the care's practices of the decompensated heart failure
since the EPICAL study (15 years) and their influence on the prognosis of the disease.
Secondary objective: to constitute a biological collection of serum, plasma and urine of
patients' sample presenting an acute heart failure.