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Tailored therapy for heart failure: neurohormones.
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PMID:  21812619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Plasma B type cardiac natriuretic peptides reflect cardiac structure and function and have proven roles in assisting in the diagnosis of acute heart failure. They are also powerful independent prognostic indicators across the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease. The efficacy of serial measurements of plasma B type peptides in guiding titration of therapy for chronic heart failure has been the subject of a number of randomized controlled trials. These are summarized in the following brief review. In the decade 2000-2010, 8 trials have been completed. Study design, the characteristics of the heart failure population studied, duration of follow-up, the exact end points recorded, and target peptide levels pursued all differ somewhat between trials. However, an overall consistency is emerging, supported by 2 metaanalyses. In aggregate, the existing trial data suggest that adjustment of treatment in chronic heart failure according to serial B type peptide measurements used in conjunction with established clinical methods is likely to reduce cardiac mortality and admissions with heart failure, at least in those patients aged under 75 years with impaired left ventricular systolic function.
A Mark Richards
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1205-7541     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372712     Medline TA:  Can J Physiol Pharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medicine, University of Otago, P.O. Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand; Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand.
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