The Initial Evaluation and Management of a Patient with Heart Failure.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to summarize and discuss a thorough and effective manner in the evaluation of the patient with heart failure.
RECENT FINDINGS: Heart failure is a prevalent disease worldwide and while the diagnosis of heart failure has remained relatively unchanged via a careful history and physical examination, identification of the etiology of the heart failure and treatment has made significant advances. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS), neprilysin inhibitors, and chronic resynchronization therapy (CRT) are just some of the relatively recent therapies afforded to assist heart failure patients. Heart failure is a complicated, multifactorial diagnosis that requires a careful history and physical for diagnosis with the support of laboratory tests. While the prognosis for heart failure patients remains poor in comparison to other cardiovascular disease and even certain cancers, new advancements in therapy have shown survival and quality of life improvement.
Published In/Presented At
Hoosain, J., Whittier, J., Hasni, F., & Hankins, S. (2017). The Initial Evaluation and Management of a Patient with Heart Failure. Current cardiology reports, 19(10), 103. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11886-017-0900-8
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division