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Review of Heart Failure Management in African-Americans

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Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in African-Americans. Heart failure contributes to this mortality rate and has changed minimally over the years, persisting at rates above Caucasians. In fact, the rates of re-hospitalization associated with heart failure continue to rise particularly among African-Americans. Current estimations reveal that the heart failure prevalence in African-Americans is 3 %, and the risk of developing heart failure is the highest in this population. Despite the abundance of evidence based therapies for heart failure management, several studies have documented that many African-American heart failure patients do not receive adequate treatment. We will review the evidence-based treatment of heart failure in African-Americans.

Keywords

  • Heart failure
  • Blacks
  • Hypertension
  • Nitrates
  • Hydralazine
  • A-HeFT
  • Beta blockers
  • Renin-angiotensin
  • Guidelines
  • AICD
  • Hypertrophy

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Breathett, K., Baliga, R.R., Capers, Q. (2015). Review of Heart Failure Management in African-Americans. In: Baliga, R., Haas, G. (eds) Management of Heart Failure. Springer, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-6657-3_14

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