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Are angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and beta-blockers making an impact on the epidemiology of heart failure?
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PMID:  15075049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
With the advent of the 21st century, heart failure has emerged as a major component of the massive public health problem of cardiovascular disease. Currently over 5 million Americans suffer from the syndrome of heart failure with significant direct treatment costs estimated to be in excess of $22 billion per year. Unfortunately, assuming present demographic and medical trends continue, these bleak statistics are expected to worsen substantially over the next two decades. Epidemiologic studies have furthered our mechanistic understanding of heart failure pathophysiology by demonstrating that many patients with this syndrome have preserved systolic function by standard indices. In a positive turn, major advances have occurred in the treatment of heart failure based on the development of clinically effective pharmacologic antagonists of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous systems. These agents are capable of substantially reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure. However, the importance of enhanced physician and public awareness of heart failure remains critical in the future.
Kirkwood F Adams
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current cardiology reports     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1523-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888969     Medline TA:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of North Carolina Heart Failure Program, 6110 Falconbridge Road, Suite 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, USA.
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