Management of heart failure.

Abstract:

:Heart failure is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Because heart failure is difficult to diagnose accurately on the basis of the history and physical examination alone, It is vital that clinical evaluation such as echocardiography be used to confirm the diagnosis. In addition, it is important to identify etiologic or predisposing factors that may be reversible. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors should be considered in all patients with a diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction, unless contraindications exist. Diuretics and digoxin are helpful in specific circumstances. Comorbid factors such as excessive alcohol intake and coronary artery insufficiency should be addressed. Patient and family education and cooperation with medical regimens can reduce morbidity and mortality.

journal_name

Am Fam Physician

authors

Mair FS

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1996-07-01 00:00:00

pages

245-54, 258-60

issue

1

eissn

0002-838X

issn

1532-0650

journal_volume

54

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