Roman Miklík, Jindřich Špinar, Jiří Pařenica, Ladislav Dušek, Jiří Jarkovský, Marian Felšöci
Acute heart failure is a serious clinical syndrome with high in-hospital mortality rate and unfavorable long-term prognosis. The outcome does not depend only on patient`s characteristics but is also influenced by availability and quality of medical care, economical aspects and health care system of the country. Evaluation of all the participating factors is possible with acute heart failure registries. They collect demographic data, information about diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, record follow-up data, perform statistical analyses and provide important information about impact of each variable on patient`s outcome. In our paper we provide a summary of heart failure registries available and compare differences among Czech AHEAD, American ADHERE, European EHFS II and „half-European“ ALARM-HF. To emphasize the significance and potentiality of a properlyconducted registry we provide samples of validated prognostic models as well as pilot data from the AHEAD registry.