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Vol 13, No 4 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
Review paper
Published online: 2006-04-24
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New aspects of pharmacotherapy in acute heart failure

Anna Libionka, Jadwiga Nessler
Folia Cardiol 2006;13(4):275-281.

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Vol 13, No 4 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
Review articles
Published online: 2006-04-24

Abstract

Acute heart failure is an important clinical problem. In the USA approximately one million patients are hospitalised annually for acute heart failure, and about 50% of these require readmission within 6–12 months of discharge. Acute heart failure accounts for most hospital admissions among patients over 65 years of age in the USA.
The prognosis in heart failure patients is poor. Mortality at five years is 25% and is higher than in patients with myocardial infarction and some cancers. Despite major progress in chronic heart failure management (Evidence Based Medicine) the treatment of acute heart failure is still empirical. Large multi-centre studies on the pharmacotherapy of acute heart failure are still lacking. The authors discuss management in acute heart failure concerning guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology from 2005 and modern pharmacotherapy.

Abstract

Acute heart failure is an important clinical problem. In the USA approximately one million patients are hospitalised annually for acute heart failure, and about 50% of these require readmission within 6–12 months of discharge. Acute heart failure accounts for most hospital admissions among patients over 65 years of age in the USA.
The prognosis in heart failure patients is poor. Mortality at five years is 25% and is higher than in patients with myocardial infarction and some cancers. Despite major progress in chronic heart failure management (Evidence Based Medicine) the treatment of acute heart failure is still empirical. Large multi-centre studies on the pharmacotherapy of acute heart failure are still lacking. The authors discuss management in acute heart failure concerning guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology from 2005 and modern pharmacotherapy.
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Keywords

acute heart failure; pharmacotherapy of acute heart failure

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Title

New aspects of pharmacotherapy in acute heart failure

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 13, No 4 (2006): Folia Cardiologica

Article type

Review paper

Pages

275-281

Published online

2006-04-24

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiol 2006;13(4):275-281.

Keywords

acute heart failure
pharmacotherapy of acute heart failure

Authors

Anna Libionka
Jadwiga Nessler

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