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Management of heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8677840     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
F S Mair
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-08-14     Completed Date:  1996-08-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-54, 258-60     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Patient Education as Topic
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnosis*,  etiology,  therapy*
Comment In:
Am Fam Physician. 1997 Apr;55(5):1561   [PMID:  9105187 ]

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