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ACC and AHA release key data elements and definitions for heart failure

By Ahmed El-Medany

On 23 March, the American College of (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released the 2021 ACC/AHA Key Data Elements and Definitions for Heart Failure in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

This new document, led by writing committee co-chairs Bozkurt and Hershberger, supersedes the previous 2005 clinical standards, and includes data elements for heart failure (HF) risk factors, cardiovascular history, and non-cardiovascular health determinants, including COVID-19 infection.

Other highlights include an updated patient assessment with more detailed elements for symptoms, signs, clinical exam findings, stages, and functional assessment.

The full clinical data standards can be found at

Biykem Bozkurt, Ray E. Hershberger, Javed Butler, Kathleen L. Grady, Paul A. Heidenreich, Maria Lizza Isler, James K. Kirklin, and William S. Weintraub
J Am Coll Cardiol. Mar 23, 2021. Epublished DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.11.012