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Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - This collection features AFP content on heart failure and related issues, including angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), cardiomyopathy, cardioverter-defibrillators, congestive heart failure, and diastolic and systolic heart failure. This...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: Diagnosis and Management - American ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, also referred to as diastolic heart failure, causes almost one-half of the 5 million cases of heart failure in the United States. It is more common among older patients and women, and results from abnormalities of active ventricular ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p582.html

Cardiomyopathy: An Overview - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2017 - The definition and classification of cardiomyopathy have evolved considerably in recent years. Cardiomyopathy can be separated into primary (genetic, mixed, or acquired) and secondary categories, which result in varied phenotypes including dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p640.html

Heart Failure Due to Reduced Ejection Fraction: Medical Management - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2017 - Heart failure is an increasingly common condition resulting in high rates of morbidity and mortality. For patients who have heart failure and reduced ejection fraction, randomized clinical trials demonstrate consistent mortality benefit from angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p13.html

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Improving Function and Reducing Risk - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2016 - Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive multidisciplinary program individually tailored to the needs of patients with cardiovascular disease. The overall goals focus on improving daily function and reducing cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation includes interventions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p37.html

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome characterized by dyspnea, fatigue, and signs of volume overload, which may include peripheral edema and pulmonary rales. Heart failure has high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in older persons. Many conditions, such as coronary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1161.html

The Role of BNP Testing in Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2006 - Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are simple and objective measures of cardiac function. These measurements can be used to diagnose heart failure, including diastolic dysfunction, and using them has been shown to save money in the emergency department setting. The high negative ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1201/p1893.html

Diagnosis and Management of Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2006 - Diastolic heart failure occurs when signs and symptoms of heart failure are present but left ventricular systolic function is preserved (i.e., ejection fraction greater than 45 percent). The incidence of diastolic heart failure increases with age; therefore, 50 percent of older patients...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0301/p841.html

Diastolic Heart Failure: The Challenges of Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2004 - Diastolic heart failure, a major cause of morbidity and mortality, is defined as symptoms of heart failure in a patient with preserved left ventricular function. It is characterized by a stiff left ventricle with decreased compliance and impaired relaxation, which leads to increased end...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0601/p2609.html

Treatment of Edema - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2005 - Edema is the result of an imbalance in the filtration system between the capillary and interstitial spaces. The kidneys play a key role in regulating extracellular fluid volume by adjusting sodium and water excretion. Major causes of edema include venous obstruction, increased capillary...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0601/p2111.html

Cardiomyopathy: An Overview - American Family Physician

May 1, 2009 - Cardiomyopathy is an anatomic and pathologic diagnosis associated with muscle or electrical dysfunction of the heart. Cardiomyopathies represent a heterogeneous group of diseases that often lead to progressive heart failure with significant morbidity and mortality. Cardiomyopathies may ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0501/p778.html

Medication Management for Chronic Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction - ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists reduce hospitalizations for patients with HFpEF. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers have not been shown to change the morbidity or mortality in patients with HFpEF.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p17.html

Dapagliflozin in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Hospitalization for Heart Failure ...

Aug 1, 2019 - The only cardiovascular benefit to treatment with dapagliflozin was a reduction in the likelihood of hospitalization; 125 patients would need to be treated for 10 years to prevent one hospitalization.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p184.html

Cardiac Rehabilitation - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2009 - An estimated 80 million (nearly one in three) Americans have cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 850,000 deaths are attributed annually to cardiovascular disease, and more than 8 million Americans...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1101/p955.html

Simple Clinical Prediction Rule Determines Risk of Heart Failure with Preserved ...

May 15, 2019 - A simple clinical prediction rule using noninvasive data can identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for HFPEF.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/od3.html

Dyspnea Due to Acute Heart Failure Syndrome - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family...

Feb 1, 2019 - This review concluded that the individual components of the clinical history and physical examination, electrocardiography, and chest radiography are not useful independently for confirming or excluding the diagnosis of acute heart failure syndrome in patients presenting to the ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/od1.html

Pharmacologic Management of Heart Failure Caused by Systolic Dysfunction - American ...

Apr 1, 2008 - Heart failure caused by systolic dysfunction affects more than 5 million adults in the United States and is a common source of outpatient visits to primary care physicians. Mortality rates are high, yet a number of pharmacologic interventions may improve outcomes. Other interventions, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0401/p957.html

Antiplatelet vs. Anticoagulation Therapy for Patients with Heart Failure in Sinus ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Heart failure increases the risk of thrombotic complications, but use of warfarin does not lower all-cause mortality more than aspirin in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction in sinus rhythm.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p160.html

Sacubitril/Valsartan (Entresto) for Heart Failure - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - Sacubitril/valsartan provides a small mortality benefit and decreases heart failure–related hospitalizations over and above an ACE inhibitor. It may be used in place of an ACE inhibitor in patients receiving optimal doses of guideline-directed medical therapy that includes ACE ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p611.html

Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2017 - Treatment of iron deficiency in patients with heart failure using intravenous iron improves function, fatigue, and quality of life, and decreases risk of hospitalizations compared with placebo.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0415/p514.html

Digoxin Therapy for Heart Failure: An Update - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2006 - Digoxin therapy has long been used to treat heart failure; however, its effectiveness was not completely known until recently. Results of the Digitalis Investigation Group trial showed that adding digoxin to standard heart failure therapy had no effect on mortality. However, adding ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0815/p613.html

Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2007 - Noninvasive cardiac imaging can be used for the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease. It is central to the treatment of patients with myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, or acute coronary syndromes with or without ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1219.html

Impact of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Dec 1, 2016 - Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation reduces cardiovascular mortality and hospitalization. There is no evidence that it reduces the rates of total mortality, myocardial infarctions, coronary artery bypass grafts, or percutaneous coronary interventions.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p881.html

No Reduction in Readmissions with Telemonitoring, Coaching for Patients with Heart ...

Jul 15, 2016 - A care transition intervention that incorporates remote monitoring of weight, blood pressure, and heart rate with scheduled telephone coaching did not reduce readmission rates at 30 days or 180 days for patients with heart failure. However, patients in the study were only modestly ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p168a.html

Ivabradine (Corlanor) for Heart Failure - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - In patients with stable systolic heart failure already on maximal medication therapy, adding ivabradine may reduce the number of hospitalizations related to heart failure (NNT for two years = 20), but it does not reduce cardiovascular mortality. In addition, many patients will not ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p682.html

Transitional Care Interventions to Prevent Readmissions for Patients with Heart Failure...

Mar 1, 2016 - Home visiting programs and multidisciplinary clinic interventions for adult patients with heart failure reduced all-cause readmissions and mortality over three to six months. Structured telephone support reduced heart failure–specific readmissions and mortality over three to six months....

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p401.html

Long-Acting Nitrates No Good for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction - POEMs...

May 1, 2016 - Patients who have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction had decreased levels of activity and more adverse events when they were receiving isosorbide mononitrate than when they were taking a placebo. Moreover, activity levels decreased with increases in the dose of the drug, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p790.html

Nutritional Assessment and Counseling for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular ...

Jan 15, 2006 - Physicians face several barriers to counseling their patients about nutrition, including conflicting evidence of the benefit of counseling, limited training and understanding of the topic, and imperfect and varied guidelines to follow. Because cardiovascular disease remains the leading ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0115/p257.html

Diagnosis of Heart Failure in Adults - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2004 - Heart failure is a common, progressive, complex clinical syndrome with high morbidity and mortality. Coronary artery disease is its most common cause. The evaluation of symptomatic patients with suspected heart failure is directed at confirming the diagnosis, determining the cause, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1201/p2145.html

Outpatient Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2004 - Optimal outpatient treatment of systolic heart failure has three goals that should be pursued simultaneously: (1) control of risk factors for the development and progression of heart failure, (2) treatment of heart failure, and (3) education of patients. Control of risk factors includes...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1201/p2157.html

Valsartan/Sacubitril Reduces Mortality More Than Enalapril 10 mg Twice Daily in ...

Apr 1, 2015 - The combination of an angiotensin receptor blocker (valsartan) and neprilysin inhibitor (sacubitril) reduces cardiovascular mortality more than an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (enalapril [Vasotec]) alone, with an acceptable safety and tolerability profile. The choice of...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0401/p490a.html

ACCF and AHA Release Guidelines on the Management of Heart Failure - Practice ...

Aug 1, 2014 - The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently developed guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. The guidelines are based on four progressive stages of heart failure; progression from one stage to the next is ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0801/p186.html

Diagnosing and Managing Acute Heart Failure Guidelines: NICE - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2015 - There is not much new in these guidelines except some caveats on what not to do. Diagnose new acute heart failure with a natriuretic peptide measurement and, if the level is high, follow with transthoracic echocardiography. Do not routinely treat with opiates, nitrates, inotropes, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p260.html

Sodium Restriction in Heart Failure: How Low Should You Go? - Editorials - American ...

Apr 1, 2014 - Several guidelines now recommend that patients with heart failure limit their sodium intake. Many physicians are unaware, however, that there is controversy about the degree to which they should encourage patients with heart failure to restrict their sodium intake.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p508.html

Screening Echocardiography Not Beneficial - POEMs - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2014 - Population-based screening for heart disease or valve disease with echocardiography will identify cardiac pathology in patients but does not decrease mortality, myocardial infarction risk, or stroke risk.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p224.html

Spironolactone in Left-Sided Heart Failure: How Does It Fit In? - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2001 - The familiar diuretic spironolactone has taken on new life as a treatment for left-sided congestive heart failure. Spironolactone has been shown to decrease mortality in such patients who are New York Heart Association class IV. It can be used in addition to agents such as ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1015/p1393.html

Skip the Strict Salt and Fluid Restriction for Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure...

Dec 1, 2013 - This study suggests that a low-sodium and fluid-restricted diet, compared with a non-restricted diet, for patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure does not expedite weight loss or decrease congestion. Patients placed on such diets are, as expected, significantly ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1201/od2.html

ACCF and AHA Update Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertrophic ...

Oct 1, 2012 - Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic cardiovascular disease that affects approximately one out of every 500 persons. The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p694.html

Combination Therapy with ACE Inhibitors and Angiotensin-Receptor Blockers in Heart ...

Nov 1, 2003 - Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers have different pharmacologic mechanisms for blocking the effect of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system on the cardiovascular system. Pharmacologically, the combination of these drug classes completely blocks...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1101/p1795.html

Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2000 - Although heart failure is a common clinical syndrome, especially in the elderly, its diagnosis is often missed. A detailed clinical history is crucial and should address not only current signs and symptoms of heart failure but also signs and symptoms that point to a specific cause of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1319.html

Reducing Readmissions for Congestive Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2001 - Hospital admission for congestive heart failure is extremely common and quite expensive, although it is frequently preventable. New drugs and therapies have been reported to reduce admissions, decrease morbidity and mortality, and improve the quality of life for these patients. Patients...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1593.html

AHA Releases Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease - Practice ...

Dec 1, 2012 - Decreased sexual activity and sexual dysfunction are common in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and can lead to anxiety and depression. The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a scientific statement synthesizing data relevant to sexual activity and heart disease to...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1074.html

Guideline for Management of Heart Failure Caused by Systolic Dysfunction: Part II. ...

Sep 15, 2001 - Several large clinical trials conducted over the past decade have shown that pharmacologic interventions can dramatically reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure. These trials have modified and enhanced the therapeutic paradigm for heart failure and extended ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0915/p1045.html

Heart Failure - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2012 - What are the effects of multidisciplinary interventions, exercise, and drug treatments for heart failure?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p182.html

NICE Updates Guidelines on Management of Chronic Heart Failure - Practice Guidelines - ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Heart failure is associated with poor prognosis and quality of life, as well as high health care costs. In 2010, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) updated its previous guideline on the management of chronic heart failure in adults. This update focuses on ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p832.html

Update on Digoxin Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2000 - Congestive heart failure is a progressive disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the incidence and prevalence of congestive heart failure have increased in recent years. Contributing factors include ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0715/p409.html

The Importance of Beta Blockers in the Treatment of Heart Failure - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2000 - Heart failure, the only cardiovascular disease with an increasing incidence, is associated with significant mortality and poses a considerable economic burden. Traditionally, beta blockers have been considered to be contraindicated in patients with heart failure. Recently, however, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1201/p2453.html

Brain Natriuretic Peptide for Ruling Out Heart Failure - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Jun 1, 2011 - A BNP level less than 100 pg per mL (100 ng per L) can rule out heart failure.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0601/p1333.html

Beta Blocker Therapy for Chronic Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2000 - Recent studies have shown that beta blocker therapy improves survival and reduces hospitalizations in patients who have chronic heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, the majority of whom are under the management of primary care physicians. Appropriate patient ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1115/p2267.html

Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure Caused by Systolic Dysfunction: Part I. ...

Sep 1, 2001 - Over the past decade, the conceptual understanding of heart failure has changed significantly. Several large clinical trials have demonstrated that pharmacologic interventions can dramatically reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure. These trials have extended ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0901/p769.html

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