Unsupervised cluster analysis and mortality risk in the Digitalis Investigation Group (DIG) trial of heart failure

Sameer Ather, Leif E. Peterson, Vijay Divakaran, Anita Deswal, Biykem Bozkurt, Douglas L. Mann

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Abstract

Unsupervised K-means cluster analysis and self-organizing maps (SOM) were employed to cluster patients based on feature values in the large Digitalis Investigation Group (DIG) trial database of digoxin for heart failure treatment. We observed that use of standardized features for input into SOM resulted in clusters for which the pattern of features were much different from clusters obtained using K-means and SOM with normalized features. Cox proportional hazards regression modeling allowed us to identify clusters whose subjects had increased all-cause mortality risk due to digoxin treatment. Results indicate that increased all-cause mortality risk with digoxin treatment was associated with female gender, older age, systolic blood pressure, heart rate, body mass index, CT ratio, ejection fraction, history of diabetes mellitus, history of hypertension, diuretic use, and less prevalence of a third heart sound. Combined use of cluster analysis and Cox regression identified an association with increased risk of all-cause mortality with treatment of digoxin in certain heart failure patients.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2009
Pages207-212
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2009 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2009Jun 19 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks

Conference

Conference2009 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2009
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period06/14/0906/19/09

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